Those who visit North Wales will understand how much there is to see and do in this beautiful part of the world. From adrenaline-fuelled, extreme sporting activities to leisurely strolls on the waterfront; there’s something to keep the whole family entertained during your time away. With half-term fast-approaching, the weather has started to grow greyer and darker, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a fantastic time exploring North Wales. Below, we’ve listed some of the prettiest villages in the area for you to tick off your bucket list each time you stay at one of our caravan parks!
Often referred to as the Land’s End of Wales, former fishing village Aberdaron has a long and rich history for you to explore and enjoy during your time spent there. An Iron Age hill fort at Castell Odo has evidence to suggest it was constructed remarkably early, between 2850 and 2650 BC, and above the village on the Afon Daron stands early 16th-century stone-built house, Bodwrdda. There are endless stretches of golden sands in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and you can even take a trip to Bardsey Island to explore the ruins and spot seals and sea birds. In your very own paradise on earth, some of you might be lucky enough to spot dolphins that inhabit the seas around the Llyn Peninsula. Don’t miss this charming little village during your holiday in North Wales!
This old fishing village is idyllically positioned on the end of a natural harbour and has been owned by the National Trust since 1994. The enviable backdrop features Yr Eifl and Snowdonia for sensational holiday photos and spectacular scenery wherever you look. The charismatic village is small, and home to just two dozen buildings, one of which is the Ty Coch pub in the centre of the village. This bar has been voted as one of the best beach bars in the world, alongside other establishments in Jamaica, Australia and the US. Porthdinllaen is often targeted as a film and television shooting location thanks to its highly preserved and maintained status and featured as a Scottish fishing village in romantic thriller Half Light. Access to the village by car is restricted to residents only, so visitors will need to arrive on foot, but once you are there you will appreciate the tranquillity provided by the lack of cars.
Betws yn Rhos
Five miles inland from the coastal town of Abergele sits this beautiful village, set amidst the heart of the Conwy countryside. The village is somewhat overshadowed by the bigger, bustling seaside towns that are popular with tourists, but the peaceful location is arguably North Wales’ best kept secret. Surrounded by rolling green hills, authentic, Welsh pubs and eateries, and plenty of fantastic walks and trails, this hideaway is perfect for relaxing in peace after a long, busy few weeks. We recommend heading to any of the fine eateries for some Welsh cuisine and get chatting to the friendly locals to find out more about things to see and do in the area and the way of life in this sleepy part of the world.
Llanarmon yn Ial
Beaming with community spirit, there’s no better place to experience a quintessentially Welsh community. The centre of the settlement features a pub and a shop, both of which are run by volunteers in the community. The church is host to a community centre, which holds several events over the year including a choir, gardening club, art group and yoga classes, all of which welcome visitors at any time. The natural setting of the village is jaw-dropping, with rolling green hills and wild Welsh countryside, making it popular for walkers, outdoor enthusiasts and those in need of a breath of fresh air.
Positioned on the Llyn Peninsula in Gwynedd, Llanbedrog offers a welcome escape between popular seaside resorts of Abersoch and Pwlheli. It is renowned as having the most sheltered beach in North Wales, an underrated trait as those who have spent holidays in North Wales during unsettled weather can attest. There’s plenty on offer to keep everyone busy, with a range of watersports on offer including kayaking, sailing and windsurfing. The village is also home to Wales’ oldest art gallery, along with several chapels for those who want to learn more about the history and heritage of the area. With a plethora of walks and trails available, a visit to the Tin Man is a must, a sculpture located on the headland of Mynydd Tir y Cwmwd.
No trip to North Wales is complete without a , but for those who have been there and done that, stray further afield with a visit to the charming little village of Aberffraw. What was once the centre of political importance in medieval Wales now takes the shape of a calm and charismatic haven with a golden, sandy, Blue Flag beach and direct access to the Anglesey Coast Path. There is a 7th-century church on the island of Cribinau that can only be accessed by boat, which is sometimes used for services and weddings in the summer. Explore a Neolithic burial chamber, the local pub, a 12-century Grade II listed church and keep an eye out for local celebrity Lola, the surfing Chihuahua.
These are just six of the many charming villages located in this beautiful part of the world. Have you visited any of these fantastic hamlets, or have another haven you’d like to share with others? Let us know via our social media channels! If you are yet to buy a home away from home in North Wales but would like a more permanent base for your holidays, don’t hesitate to browse our extensive range of Wales caravans for sale. That way, you can browse these beautiful villages at your leisure, and head back to the home comforts of your very own caravan after a busy day of exploring!
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