Barafundle Bay, Pembrokeshire
As we wait for Boris Johnson to unveil the details of the government's traffic light system for foreign travel this year, it's still unclear how much we will be able to travel in summer 2021. Under the current plan for easing lockdown restrictions, foreign trips are banned until 17 May; however, the government advises people not to book summer holidays abroad "until the picture is clearer".
Regardless of the outcome, it doesn't mean you can't get some beach time this summer. If you're looking for the next best thing to Europe, you don't have to look very far. Wales, which those of us living in the UK will most likely be allowed to travel to from 12 April, is actually home to some of the best beaches in the world. No, the weather isn't nearly as reliable as it is in Ibiza, and yes, the water is slightly cooler, but if you love the beach as much as you claim to, it's easy to overlook these things: especially when you have a three-mile beach all to yourself (i.e. the total opposite of what you would have in Ibiza). The best part? You can reach them all by car.
So pack your bags, prep your Spotify playlist (or check out some of these great audiobooks), and get ready to hit the road this summer. We've found 13 beaches in Wales that are just as good (if not better) than the most popular beaches in Spain.