Best beaches in north Wales
The iconic seaside holiday is firmly embedded into British culture, and the country prides itself on its host of Blue Flag beaches. The certificate, awarded to the finest picturesque shorelines and pristine coastlines, is considered a badge of honour. North Wales is home to an impressive number. Cross the Menai, or Britannia, bridge from Gwynned and explore the divine island of Anglesey. Alternatively, stay on the mainland and trawl the dazzling coastline, choosing to incorporate bays, such as Conwy; quieter portions of coastline such as Fairbourne; and the larger, bustling beaches of Llandudno and Barmouth. Recreate a home from home experience in one of our Llanddona or Amlwch cottages on the island, a coastal lodge in Carmarthenshire. Alternately, stay a little further from the coast in Beddgelert or Dolgellau. For keen cyclists, cottages tucked away from the coastline offer the perfect opportunity to explore nearby coastal towns in the saddle. Hikers, too, should sieze the opportunity to conquer Snowdon, before exploring the Llyn peninsula, Denbighshire, or Flintshire's coastlines. Embrace the spells of sunshine, whether you choose to visit the north Wales coast for water sports and hikes, or for a tranquil mid-summer break. North west Wales is considered a predominately welsh-speaking corner, and rural, welsh-speaking communities lead onto more anglicised coastal towns. Enjoy this diversity and plan a well-deserved coastal break!
Located in south west Anglesey, Newborough's portion of the coast is ringed by dense forestry, offering you the opportunity to snake through the majestic woodland and carve your own route to the beach. In Newborough forest, build a campfire or plan a barbeque, before finding a sun-drenched corner of the beach. Choose a longer walk, or relax on the decking overlooking the stretch of idyllic coast. Newborough is one of the island's celebrated beaches and welcomes scores of families, beach-combers and dog walkers alike - the latter sign-posted to a specific route for expert doggy-paddlers! The edge of the forest is just ten miles from the Menai Bridge, so if you're travelling with proactive travellers and staying in Gwynedd, it's more than possible to cycle. Alternatively, tailor your search to find an idyllic Anglesey cottage.
Lying on the east coast of Anglesey, the town of Benllech is approximately thirty minutes from Newborough and is home to a spectacular portion of the island's coastline. The beach has Blue Flag status, and the town itself lies on the island's celebrated coastal path, making it an ideal destination for keen ramblers. From the town, plan your unique route, discovering Red Wharf Bay, the village of Pentraeth and its forest, as well as Llanddona beach. On Benllech beach, adrenaline-seekers can windsurf, canoe, or practise their surf. Dine in one of the town's superb eateries, sampling Anglesey mussels, Welsh lamb, beef-dishes, welsh pate and locally brewed ale.
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Barmouth, situated in Gwynedd, lies between the gorgeous seaside resorts of Fairbourne, home to a Blue Flag status beach, and Harlech, a historic town with a stunning fortress. Barmouth itself has Blue Flag status, and remains one of North Wales' most celebrated resorts. The town is home to a host of restaurants, cafes and ice cream parlours, as well as numerous independent shops, selling everything from bespoke welsh lovespoons to crabbing supplies. Walk into the centre on a sun-drenched afternoon and experience a seaside scene cut from a picture-book! Scores of holidaymakers line the stone walls looking over the water with crab-buckets; walkers trawl across Barmouth bridge, stretching from the estuary to the town; mooring seacrafts skirt the edge of the water; and couples enjoy traditional fish and chips on a sun-dappled corner of the beach. Moreover, Barmouth lies on the edge of Snowdonia National Park, and is an ideal base for proactive holidaymakers. Climb the country's highest mountain, Snowdon, or tackle the challenging peaks of Cadair Idris. The area is also home to a number of excellent adventure activity centres, and it's more than possible to gorge walk and scramble, go canyoning or explore undergound mines in nearby villages such as Bontddu and Llanbedr, before an afternoon relaxing on the beach! Visit the town of Dolgellau's market for locally sourced produce, or dine in one of Barmouth's exquisite restaurants, such as The Last Inn.
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Wales has become a platform for a number of acclaimed seasonal festivals, from Green Man in mid-Wales to Portmeirion's Festival No 6. North Wales' festival scene is dominated by Wakestock, Abersoch's annual summer festival. Wakestock self-describes itself as a festival fusing wakeboarding with music, and 2013's festival welcomed an eclectic line-up and a hair-raising wakeboarding competition across three different venues. Discover a different side of Abersoch, embarking on a tour of the Llyn Peninsula on foot or by horseback. Alternatively, plan your coastal excursion to coincide with the various cultural events in the area, such as Abersoch's Jazz Festival, falling in September.
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Criccieth lies approximately eight miles from Portmeirion, nestled between the picturesque coastal towns of Porthmadog and Pwllheli. Criccieth has two beaches which border the town's castle. Like the beaches in Abergele and Llandudno, the shoreline is speckled with pebbles, and the town, lying on the Llyn Coastal Path is an ideal location to discover the peninsula and Cardigan Bay. The town is proud of its historical and cultural past and has developed a heritage walk for holidaymakers. Discover the area's village markets, or dine in one of the town's resturants, sampling superb menus inspired by traditional Welsh recipes.