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Llyn Peninsula holidays: a Welsh AONB with sea on three sides

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The coast at dawn

The Llyn Peninsula is a narrow headland covered in undulating green countryside, small coves and harbours, ancient hill forts and traditional pubs which were once the haunts of local fishermen. The Wales Coast Path twists and turns along the coastline offering panoramic waterscapes and the possibility to see wild sea life such as seals and dolphins. It’s not called the ‘Land's End of Wales’ for nothing, as its geography and habitats very much resemble those in the Penwith region in Cornwall.

Spread across the peninsula are small towns, villages and hamlets where tea shops, traditional pubs and shops offer everything you need for a relaxing Welsh break. Walking and cycling take you to the beautiful beaches, and days out include the village of Portmeirion, Conwy Castle, the Whistling Sands and Anglesey Sea Zoo.

“Climb The Rivals for the views of a lifetime…”

There are several lovely, off-the-beaten track beaches to discover on your Llyn Peninsula holiday. The one at Morfa Nefyn is mainly sand with small amounts of shale, so it’s great for relaxing and enjoying the sunshine or for taking long strolls along the shore.

Further up the beach to the west is the small, picturesque fishing hamlet of Porthdinllaen, famous for its pub, the Ty Coch, which lies at the top of the beach. The Ty Coch is also a nice place for an evening meal or even lunch. It promises to present quality dishes sourced from local suppliers wherever possible. Porthdinllaen is also home to the local lifeboat station which houses an inshore lifeboat, as well as a dock for the local coast guard. It’s the perfect place to while away the hours with its views across the Irish Sea and The Rivals (the highest point on the Llyn Peninsula).

There are hikes from Morfa Nefyn to The Rivals around the bay, so come prepared for some of the best views in the region. The range is made up of three peaks: Garn Ganol (564 m), Tre’r Ceiri (485 m) and Garn For (444 m). The slopes of Tre’r Ceiri are also home to ruins of a prehistoric hill fort, the best-preserved in Northern Europe.

The Rivals at sunset

The seaside village of Aberdaron impresses with its striking views and unpretentious way of life. It has basic amenities like a village shop, a post office, a bakery, a cafe and a playground for children. For evening meals, stop in at The Ship Inn or try out the chippy, the Sblash Fish Bar.

Off shore is Bardsey, which comes with a curious subtitle: ‘the island of 20000 saints’. Once a famous place of pilgrimage, there are only ruins left of the ancient St Mary’s monastery that used to be there. There are ferry services to the island for day trippers that leave from Pwllheli and Porth Meudwy. Surfers will love to hear that one of the best, lesser known breaks in the British Isles is at Porthor, also known as Whistling Sands, and Porth Neigwl, so pack your wetsuit and boards.

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While you’re there

Glasfryn Activity Parc & Bowling Centre

An active fun day out for all the family

Twnti Seafood Restaurant

Lovely seafood restaurant nestled in hills of the glorious Llyn Peninsula

The Rivals

Climb The Rivals for the best sea views in Wales

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