Year of the Sea: North Wales’ Best Beauty Spots

As Wales celebrates the Year of the Sea in 2018, we are taking a look at coastal beauty spots that are within easy reach of our holiday homes for sale, North Wales. Visitors to the area are spoilt for choice when it comes to breathtaking beautiful locations, with Snowdonia, the Clwydian Range and long stretches of coast all close by.

St Cwyfan’s Church

Found near Aberffraw on Anglesey’s south coast, St Cwyfan’s Church is not like any other you will have seen, as it is located on top of a mound of earth in the sea, cut off from land at high tide. Originally, the ancient church was at the end of a peninsula, but over time it has become an island. The white church dates back to the 12th century, replacing a wattle and daub structure that dated to the 7th century, and makes for a great photo op and is a starting point for walking around Aberffraw’s headland.

Llanddwyn Island

Take a trip to Llanddwyn Island in Anglesey to enjoy panoramic views of Snowdonia, a long sandy beach and the eye-catching white beacon house. The island is accessible over Newborough Warren sand dunes, and the beauty of the place goes hand in hand with its history. You will find the ruins of St Dwynwen chapel, named for the Welsh patron saint of lovers, and the beacon house was used to guide ships into the Menai Strait, and now is the subject of many photographs.

The beacon on Llanddwyn Island

Great Orme

The Victorian seafront of Llandudno is best for views from the summit of the Great Orme. You can take the tram, the cable car or walk up the headland, enjoying the wildlife you see along the way for the spectacular scenery at the top. On clear days, you have great coastal views to both sides, can see the Llandudno Pier and the Snowdonia mountains inland.

Prestatyn’s Beaches

As you walk towards Prestatyn from Rhyl along the Wales Coastal Path, you are greeted with sights of sandy coastline, Snowdonia and further off to Anglesey. The highlight of the walk is when you come across Prestatyn’s superb beaches, Barkby, Central and Ffrith, stretching out before you. The panoramic views of the beaches are some of the best you will find in North Wales, and the perfect backdrop for a family photo!

Conwy Castle

Conwy Castle is one of North Wales’ top attractions and should be on the list of everyone who visits the area. Not only is it steeped in history, but it hosts family-friendly events and has many nooks and crannies to explore. The views from the castle of the town and coast from its towers are stunning.

Do you have favourite beauty spots along the North Wales coastline? Let us know via our social media, and have a read of our other blogs about Wales’ Year of the Sea:

Sightseeing boat trips

Water sports in North Wales

Best beaches in North Wales

Image credit: Dr Richard Murray