The seas, rivers, urban skylines and mountains of Wales all look so beautiful when bathed in the warmest hues of sunlight. Whether you are gazing out at breaking dawn, or the last rays shine out over the ocean, there’s a colourful sky for you to enjoy in Wales.
There’s also a brilliant range of cottages and places to stay in Wales which are close to the beach if you want to catch a coastal sunrise and sunset close to your accommodation.
We’ve rounded up some of the best places where you can start, or finish your day with a vibrant sky.
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The small village of Dale in Pembrokeshire Coast National Park has a sheltered wide bay that dazzles with colour when the sun goes down. Make sure to have a drink with a view at the award-winning Griffin Pub and check out their delicious, seafood-heavy menu.
Oxwich Bay, Gower
Enjoy sweeping, sunset views of Oxwich Bay at the perfectly positioned, Oxwich Bay hotel’s beer garden, which is within 10 metres of the beach.
The hotel itself is set in eight acres of private grounds at the western end of the beautiful beach, and there’s a good choice of beers and wines and food on offer.
Penarth Pier, Vale of Glamorgan
Take a sunrise dip right next to the historic Penarth Pier. The pier extends into the Bristol Channel which has one of the highest tidal ranges in the world. There’s a growing movement of sunrise swimmers at Penarth called the ‘Dawn Stalkers’, The group meets at sunrise every day for a dip in the water at Penarth seafront.
Make sure to take along a GoPro to capture the colourful sky, or strike a pose for the group’s talented photographer, James Richardson.
Cader Idris, Snowdonia
Trek up the distinctive peak of Cader Idris in Southern Snowdonia and watch as the Snowdonia National park becomes bathed in the golden sunlight of dawn.
New to hiking? Why not take a guided walk with adventure experts Wild Trails Wales and navigate the mountain safely in the early hours of the morning.
Pumlumon, Cambrian Mountains
Elusive Pumlumon Fawr is the highest point in the Cambrian Mountains at 2468ft. On this remote mountain, you’ll see very few hikers, especially at dawn.
Take a sunrise stroll up this scenic mountain and enjoy dramatic, panoramic views as sunlight touches Cadair Idris, Snowdon and Aran Fawddwy to the north. The full sweep of Cardigan Bay can also be seen, from Pen Llŷn in the north, right down to Pembrokeshire in the south.
Monk Nash Beach, Vale of Glamorgan
Secluded Monk Nash beach on the Heritage Coast in the Vale of Glamorgan is only accessible by foot and is just down the road from the lovely Heritage Coast Campsite.
Make sure to take an evening stroll down to Monk Nash beach, just up from the campsite, to snap some glorious sunset photos on the striking bedrock beach.
Pen Y Fan, Brecon Beacons
Popular Pen Y Fan in the Brecon Beacons National Park is the highest mountain in southern Britain at 886 metres. It looks absolutely incredible at dawn when the golden light hits the striking peaks and ridges of the national park.
You’ll need to set off early to catch the sunrise, so make sure you are adequately prepared for a hiking trip in the dark and remember to leave no trace in this special part of Wales.
Gorgeous Llandudno is the largest seaside resort in Wales, and as early as 1861 was being called ‘the Queen of the Welsh Watering Places.
It’s a timeless, seaside destination in Wales that is full of history and charm. Walk along the scenic promenade to catch a vibrant sunset over the coast and historic pier.
Worm’s Head, Gower
Dreamy Worm’s Head consists of two islands off the headland of Rhossili. They are joined to the coast at low tide by a causeway. Worms Head has incredible coastal views and there’s also a chance to spot Atlantic Grey Seals if you are lucky!
It’s the perfect place for a sunrise stroll as the dawn breaks over the ocean with the sounds of the waves crashing and the seabirds above.
Barafundle Bay, Pembrokeshire
Beautiful golden sands, turquoise waters… does it get any better? Once get there you’ll understand why it’s included in guides to the best beaches, not only in the UK but in Europe and the world – and it’s right on our doorstep. Enjoy a sunset stroll around this beautiful part of Pembrokeshire.
Aberystwyth is one of the biggest towns in Mid Wales and home to the University of Aberystwyth. This seaside town is famous for its glorious sunsets that contrast against the Royal Pier Arcade.
There are plenty of spots to watch the sunset here including a number of lush seafront pubs where you can watch the sky blaze with colour whilst enjoying a Welsh beer.
Elan Valley, Cambrian Mountains
The Elan Valley is a picturesque river valley in mid-Wales that’s situated to the west of the town of Rhayader. This beautiful area roughly covers 70 square miles of lake and countryside in the heart of the Cambrian Mountains.
Catch the sunset over one of the 5 main dams that you can visit in the area, Claerwen, Craig Goch, Pen y Garreg, Garreg Ddu and Caban Coch for dramatic photographs of cascading water covered in vibrant hues.
Stay after the sun goes down to experience the famous dark skies of the Elan Valley, which has International Dark Sky Park status and amazing stargazing opportunities.
Cardiff Bay, Cardiff
Cardiff’s regenerated waterfront area has a very Costa-del-Cardiff vibe going on when the sun goes down and fills the bay area with a haze of colours.
There’s a great selection of pavement café’s, bars with outdoor seating and alfresco dining areas where you can enjoy the sunset over the waterfront.
If you fancy a sunset stroll then check out the Cardiff Bay trail. It’s an easy, 4.5-mile circular trail that runs around Cardiff Bay and across to neighbouring Penarth via Pont y Werin.
One of the best places for sunset views in the Gower is near Llangennith beach. This beautiful Welsh beach is a popular spot for both surfing and camping.
The Hill End campsite is located just behind the dunes of Llangennith beach and is a great place to stay if you want to catch a coastal sunset. Walk up the dunes at sunset to get the most colourful photos of the sun sinking into the sea. Dinosaur Onesie optional.
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