Twelve beaches across north west Wales have been awarded Blue Flag status for 2019.
Six locations on Anglesey and six in Gwynedd have retained their prestigious status for the highest standard of water quality, safety and facilities in the annual coastal awards by Keep Wales Tidy.
But two beaches in Gwynedd have lost their Blue Flag status – at Aberdaron and Tywyn.
Nationally, 44 flags were awarded across Wales, slightly down on last year – including one for Rib Ride, the boat tour firm based in Menai Bridge.
Eighteen beaches won the Green Coast award for high environmental standards, including the Silver Bay Holiday Village in Rhoscolyn – the first private business to apply for such status on behalf of a beach.
Forty beaches have been given the Seaside award for their standard of water quality and facilities, including Traeth Crigyll in Rhosneigr.
Keep Wales Tidy CEO Lesley Jones said: ”The 102 awards are a testament to the hard work of staff and volunteers who help care for our beautiful coastline and keep our waters clean throughout the year.”
”The Wales Coast Awards play a vital role in protecting our precious marine environment and attracting visitors from around the world. We should all take great pride in the quality of our beaches and coastal areas.”
Ahead of an awards ceremony in Colwyn Bay on Wednesday, environment minister Lesley Griffiths said: ”We’re lucky in Wales to have some of the world’s finest beaches right here on our doorstep. It’s pleasing to see so many of our beaches receiving these awards as recognition of the hard work being done across Wales to keep our beaches and waters clean.”
”The Blue Flag is a prestigious mark of quality showing how seriously we take environmental and water quality standards in Wales.”
”We hope people across Wales are proud of the beaches which have received coastal awards this year and, along with visitors to Wales, take the opportunity to enjoy our stunning coastline.”
Blue Flag: Benllech, Church Bay (Porth Swtan), Llanddwyn, Llanddona, Trearddur Bay, Porth Dafarch, Rib Ride boat tours (Menai Bridge)
Green Coast Award: Silver Bay, Rhoscolyn
Seaside Award: Traeth Crigyll, Rhosneigr
Blue Flag: Abersoch, Barmouth (Abermaw), Criccieth (Traeth y Promenade), Dinas Dinlle, Morfa Bychan (Black Rock Sands), Pwllheli
Seaside Award: Aberdaron, Tywyn