Beaches and marinas across Wales have been awarded the Blue Flag Award, Green Coast Award and Seaside Award and ranked amongst the best in the UK and across the world, thanks to Keep Wales Tidy’s Wales Coast Awards 2016.

From Rest Bay in Bridgend to Church Bay in Anglesey, 47 sites will proudly fly the Blue Flag Award in Wales this year.

Wales has seen an increase in the number of international Blue Flag Awards with 44 beaches and three marinas being awarded a Blue Flag- five more than last year. A further 26 beaches were awarded the Green Coast Award – an excellence award for the 'hidden gems' along our coastline and a total of 92 beaches have been awarded the Seaside Award.

The Blue Flag Award is a highly respected international award owned by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) and runs in 49 countries across the world. In Wales, environmental charirty Keep Wales Tidy manages the award.

The prestigious award is only awarded to beaches, marinas and boats that have the highest quality of water, environmental education and management, safety and services. It acts as a guarantee to the public that a beach is among the finest not only in the country, but around the world.

The new Blue Flag Award sites for 2016 are:

Gwynedd – Tywyn, Pembrokeshire – Poppit Sands, Bridgend – Porthcawl Marina, Vale of Glamorgan – Whitmore Bay and Penarth Marina.