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Swansea’s Rhossili Bay named Europe’s best beach

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A tiny British beach has beaten Spain’s Costa del Sol and the picturesque Greek Islands to be voted the best beach in Europe.

Swansea’s Rhossili Bay on the Gower Peninsula was the only European beach voted onto Suitcase Magazine’s world top 10 list.

Among the other top picks are tropical paradises in Panama, Hawaii, Brazil, the Philippines and Miami’s iconic South Beach. 

Swansea's Rhossili Bay on the Gower Peninsula was the only European beach voted onto Suitcase Magazine 's top 10 list

Swansea's Rhossili Bay on the Gower Peninsula was the only European beach voted onto Suitcase Magazine 's top 10 list

Swansea’s Rhossili Bay on the Gower Peninsula was the only European beach voted onto Suitcase Magazine ‘s top 10 list

The stunning shoreline at Rhossili sits within the first designated ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ to be given in the UK.

The beautiful beach is also backed with sand dunes and rolling hills and, unsurprisingly, is packed with visitors in the summer.

Robert Francis-Davies, Swansea Council’s cabinet member for tourism, said: ‘Recognition of this nature is nothing new for Rhossili Bay, but it reinforces how lucky we are to have such a world class beach on our doorstep here in Swansea.

‘It also shows why we include stunning images and footage of Gower’s coastline so regularly in our outdoor and online advertising campaigns to encourage as many people as possible to visit Swansea Bay.

 Pamalican Island in the Philippines, which measures just 1.5 miles across and is set in the middle of a coral reef, is another of the publication's favourite beaches

 Pamalican Island in the Philippines, which measures just 1.5 miles across and is set in the middle of a coral reef, is another of the publication's favourite beaches

 Pamalican Island in the Philippines, which measures just 1.5 miles across and is set in the middle of a coral reef, is another of the publication’s favourite beaches

The stunning Tikehau Island in French Polynesia is a coral atoll celebrated for its white and pink-sand beaches

The stunning Tikehau Island in French Polynesia is a coral atoll celebrated for its white and pink-sand beaches

The stunning Tikehau Island in French Polynesia is a coral atoll celebrated for its white and pink-sand beaches

Miami's bustling South Beach, located between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, is a top destination for cosmopolitan sunseekers

Miami's bustling South Beach, located between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, is a top destination for cosmopolitan sunseekers

Miami’s bustling South Beach, located between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, is a top destination for cosmopolitan sunseekers

The top 10 beaches in the world… 

Pamalican, Philippines

Bocas del Toro, Panama

Tikehau Island, French Polynesia

Baia do Sancho, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

Koh Kradan, Thailand

Radhanagar Beach, Havelock Island, India

Honokalani Beach, Maui, Hawaii

South Beach, Miami, USA

Loblolly Beach, British Virgin Islands

Rhossili Bay, Swansea, UK

Source: Suitcase Magazine 

Maui's Honokalani Beach is a famed, small black sand beach located in Hawaii's Wainapanapa State Park. The area is also known for its freshwater caves

Maui's Honokalani Beach is a famed, small black sand beach located in Hawaii's Wainapanapa State Park. The area is also known for its freshwater caves

Maui’s Honokalani Beach is a famed, small black sand beach located in Hawaii’s Wainapanapa State Park. The area is also known for its freshwater caves

Brazil's Baia do Sancho is part of the protected Fernando de Noronha area, located on an island 215 miles northeast of the mainland

Brazil's Baia do Sancho is part of the protected Fernando de Noronha area, located on an island 215 miles northeast of the mainland

Brazil’s Baia do Sancho is part of the protected Fernando de Noronha area, located on an island 215 miles northeast of the mainland

‘Tourism is already worth more than £400 million a year to Swansea’s economy, but recognition of this kind will further raise Swansea Bay’s profile right across the world.

‘This will hopefully result in increased awareness, visits, spend and jobs locally. Swansea is also embarking on a significant regeneration programme and raising our profile is essential in helping to attract investment.’

Paradise found: Bocas del Toro in Panama, which is part of an island chain off of the Caribbean coast, is a must-visit for beach lovers everywhere

Paradise found: Bocas del Toro in Panama, which is part of an island chain off of the Caribbean coast, is a must-visit for beach lovers everywhere

Paradise found: Bocas del Toro in Panama, which is part of an island chain off of the Caribbean coast, is a must-visit for beach lovers everywhere

Thailand's Koh Kradan offers breathtaking views of the Andaman Sea from its coral-sand beach, located off the coast of Trang province

Thailand's Koh Kradan offers breathtaking views of the Andaman Sea from its coral-sand beach, located off the coast of Trang province

Thailand’s Koh Kradan offers breathtaking views of the Andaman Sea from its coral-sand beach, located off the coast of Trang province

Radhanagar Beach, also known as Number 7 Beach, is one of the most popular on India's Havelock Island, which is part of Ritchie’s Archipelago

Radhanagar Beach, also known as Number 7 Beach, is one of the most popular on India's Havelock Island, which is part of Ritchie’s Archipelago

Radhanagar Beach, also known as Number 7 Beach, is one of the most popular on India’s Havelock Island, which is part of Ritchie’s Archipelago

Loblolly Beach, on Anegada's northern shore, is an unspoilt stretch of sand - and one of the British Virgin Islands' best snorkelling destinations

Loblolly Beach, on Anegada's northern shore, is an unspoilt stretch of sand - and one of the British Virgin Islands' best snorkelling destinations

Loblolly Beach, on Anegada’s northern shore, is an unspoilt stretch of sand – and one of the British Virgin Islands’ best snorkelling destinations

A number of prehistoric remains can be found in the Gower area and at low tide beachgoers can see the remains of shipwrecks – including the wreck of Helvetia.

Walkers who stroll down the three-mile beach to the southern end of the Bay will be met by a small tidal island called Worm’s Head, which they can reach when the tide is low.

Rhossili Bay has previously found fame when it appeared in the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games and has also featured in TV shows including Doctor Who.  

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