If you’re a rev head and interested in the fastest men in the world, then the Carmarthenshire village of Pendine, situated on Carmarthen Bay, is your preferred destination, for it was here that five world land speed records were set in the 1920s on the Pendine Sands by the legendary Sir Malcolm Campbell and J.G. Parry-Thomas.

But it’s also the place to just relax and its summers are full of action, with bands from all over Britain flocking to its yearly music festival.

Stretching for seven miles, the Pendine Sands beach attracts many tourists, and with no strong tidal flow, rocks or perilous currents, it’s the ideal place for a summer swim.

Being Defence property, the beach is mostly closed during the day on weekdays, but it is usually open for weekend visitors and Bank holidays.

Ideal for wind sports of all kinds, kite surfing is very popular and Pendine village offers tourists all facilities.