Red Wharf Bay
If you’re after great seafood, empty beaches and some of Wales' most dramatic landscapes, look no further than Anglesey.
Anglesey is an island off Wales’ northwest coast. As you cross one of the bridges from the mainland – either the Britannia Bridge or the Menai Suspension Bridge, which was built in the 1800s – you’ll be struck by the unspoilt countryside and rugged coastline. This is the perfect place for a relaxing holiday, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Anglesey’s quiet, sandy beaches are some of Wales’ most stunning, and ideal for long walks, swimming and a variety of other water-sports. The island is criss-crossed by cycling and walking routes, which wind their way past spectacular landscapes, elegant gardens and pretty towns and villages. Anglesey is a wonderful place to visit, whether you want a non-stop adventure or a lazy few days on the beach.
With 125 miles of unspoilt coastline, you’re never far from a quiet, sandy beach in Anglesey. Visit Red Wharf Bay for vast expanses of sea, sand and sky. If you fancy having a go at surfing or windsurfing, head to Rhosneigr or Trearddur Bay. Alternatively, hit the road and discover one of the island’s many secret coves.
Anglesey is increasingly seen as a destination for food lovers, thanks to the outstanding fresh produce on offer.
Steamed Oysters by Alpha - CC BY-SA 2.0
Seafood fresh from the water, Halen Mon sea salt and vegetables from the island’s fertile land can all be picked up at the Menai Bridge famers’ market. A number of events celebrate the high quality of food and drink in Anglesey, including the Menai Seafood Festival, which takes place in August every year and is a great opportunity to taste the very best of what Anglesey has to offer. Also well worth checking out is Anglesey Oyster Festival, a fun couple of days in October which celebrate one of the island’s best-loved delicacies.
“If you’re after great seafood, empty beaches and some of Wales’ most dramatic landscapes, look no further than Anglesey.”
The island is also home to some excellent restaurants, the best of which make the most of the fresh ingredients on their doorstep. Dylan’s is a stylish restaurant at the water’s edge, by the Thomas Telford Bridge, in Menai Bridge. Locally caught sea bass, lobster an mussels are on the menu, as well as some of the area’s best pizzas. Another good option is The Oyster Catcher, a strikingly modern restaurant near Maelog Lake and Rhosneigr Beach. Here, a team of 20 young trainees, overseen by head chef Mark Williams, prepare a variety of bistro-style dishes including pastas, pizzas and seafood. In Beaumaris, you’ll find Ye Olde Bull’s Head, serving local specialities such as Welsh cheese, lamb and Menai seafood. There’s also a well stocked bar, which has been visited by the likes of Charles Dickens, and is always well stocked with a selection of local ales.