Rhossili in UK Top 10 Beaches

TripAdvisor beach rankings released

Rhossili beach in the Gower has been named the 8th best in the UK.

The list from Trip Advisor puts Weymouth Beach in Dorset at the top.

In the world ranking, Baia do Sancho in Brazil's Fernando de Noronha, an archipelago with UNESCO world heritage status, has been crowned the number one beach in the world and there's no doubt that it is a very well deserved title. The bay of crystalline water and soft white sand coupled with surrounding cliffs teeming with exotic wildlife are what dreams are made of. 

The second best rated beach in the world is Grace Bay in Providenciales, the main island of Turks and Caicos in the Caribbean. 

"UK's Weymouth Beach beating beaches in Sardinia, Greece and Spain this year, proves that the UK's beaches can more than hold their own against destinations with sunnier climes," commented TripAdvisor spokesperson, Hayley Coleman. "For those keen to pay a visit to the world's number one beach, according to TripAdvisor booking data, the best value time to travel to Baia do Sancho is April, when the average nightly hotel rate on TripAdvisor is £152."

UK Top 10 Beaches

For UK travellers who want to experience a top rated beach that is a little closer to home, the top two beaches in Europe are in Spain and Greece. 

La Concha Beach in San Sebastian, Europe's number one beach, is located in the centre of the city and boasts 1,500 metres of white sand. In addition, in the centre of the bay is the small island, Isla Santa Clara. Beachgoers at La Concha can swim out to the island, which has its own small beach, a lighthouse, picnic tables and a bar.

The second best rated beach in Europe, Elafonissi Beach in Elafonissi, Crete.

Europe Top 10 Beaches 



UK winners: Weymouth Beach takes top spot

Dorset's Weymouth Beach is named the UK's best-rated beach and ninth in Europe, climbing up from second place last year. A three-mile stretch of sand, this beach offers plenty for visitors including traditional seaside attractions such as Punch and Judy and donkey rides, as well as live music and free summer firework displays. 

Second place this year goes to Fistral Beach in Newquay, Cornwall, which also comes in eleventh in Europe, followed by St. Brelade's Bay Beach, located in St. Brelade, one of the twelve parishes of Jersey in the Channel Islands.

Travellers' Choice Beaches award-winners were determined based on the quality and quantity of traveller reviews and ratings for beaches on TripAdvisor gathered over a 12-month period.

World Top 25 Beaches


For the complete 2017 Travellers' Choice Beaches Awards winners, go to http://http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/TravellersChoice-Beaches

Those looking for travel inspiration or just some material for daydreams to get through the winter, here is a breakdown of the top ten beaches in the world with luxury nearby hotels available to book on TripAdvisor, along with the top 10 in Europe and UK according to TripAdvisor travellers:

Top 10 Beaches in the World

  • 1.    Baia do Sancho, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil - Average nightly hotel rate: £199 
  • 2.    Grace Bay, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos - Average nightly hotel rate: £571
  • 3.    Eagle Beach, Palm - Eagle Beach, Aruba, Caribbean - Average nightly hotel rate: £320
  • 4.    Playa Paraiso, Cayo Largo, Cuba - Average nightly hotel rate: £160
  • 5.    Siesta Beach, Siesta Key, Florida, United States - Average nightly hotel rate: £209
  • 6.    La Concha Beach, San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain - Average nightly hotel rate: £176
  • 7.    Playa Norte, Isla Mujeres, Mexico - Average nightly hotel rate: £220
  • 8.    Radhanagar Beach, Havelock Island, India - Average nightly hotel rate: £138
  • 9.    Elafonissi  Beach, Elafonissi, Greece - Average nightly hotel rate: £52
  • 10. Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay, Puerto Ayora, Galapagos Islands - Average nightly hotel rate: £167

Top 10 Beaches in Europe

  • 1.    La Concha Beach, San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
  • 2.    Elafonissi  Beach, Elafonissi, Greece
  • 3.    La Cote des Basques, Biarritz, France
  • 4.    Fig Tree Bay, Protaras, Cyprus
  • 5.    Spiaggia dei Conigli, Lampedusa, Sicily, Italy
  • 6.    Playa de Ses Illetes, Formentera, Spain
  • 7.    Balos Beach and Lagoon, Kissamos, Crete, Greece
  • 8.    Kleftiko Beach, Milos, Greece
  • 9.    Weymouth Beach, Weymouth, United Kingdom
  • 10. Playa de Muro Beach, Playa de Muro, Spain

Top 10 beaches in the UK

  • 1.    Weymouth Beach, Weymouth, Dorset
  • 2.    Fistral Beach, Newquay, Cornwall
  • 3.    St. Brelade's Bay Beach, St Brelade, Jersey
  • 4.    Luskentyre, Isle of Harris, Scotland
  • 5.    Woolacombe Beach, Woolacombe, Devon
  • 6.    Porthminster Beach, St Ives, Cornwall
  • 7.    Bournemouth Beach, Bournemouth, Dorset
  • 8.    Rhossili Bay, Rhossili, Wales
  • 9.    Perranporth Beach, Perranporth, Cornwall
  • 10. Hengistbury Head, Bournemouth, Dorset

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