Snowdonia’s rugged peaks can sometimes mask the diversity of the region’s landscape. But where the mountains end, the sea starts, and there is almost 200 miles of coastline to explore.
The immaculate beaches of Snowdonia provide a wonderful day out. And with famous inns, folk stories, and film sets to explore, you’re sure to have a great time.
A picturesque and peaceful village, visitors are drawn to Aberdovey for its pristine beach and lovely seafront. Dogs are welcome too!
This location is a favourite of regional expert, Steve Beech: ‘Aberdovey to Tywyn is an attractive, quiet stretch of beach. I enjoy watching the kite surfers in Aberdovey and appreciate the calmness of a walk across the golden sands.’
Lovers of the supernatural will be interested to discover the chilling tale associated with Braich y Celyn, a house towards the east end of the village, and learn more about the spooky ‘Ghost of the Red Tree’...
Rich in natural beauty, with lovely views across Snowdonia, the sandy beach at this village in the Llyn Peninsula is an idyllic spot for families and couples. Much of Porthdinllaen is protected by the National Trust, with access on foot and parking available outside of the village.
Once named as one of the best beach bars in the world, the Ty Coch Inn is a must-visit. After a paddle, grab a drink and watch the world go by.
The Italianate village of Portmeirion shot into the public eye as the enigmatic backdrop for the 1960s television series ‘The Prisoner’. It now plays another role in popular culture: hosting prominent musicians, artists and literary figures at the annual Festival No.6 (named after the lead character from the series). Tourists come to walk through its sculpted gardens and admire the flawless beach. The resort was built to blend into the already stunning surroundings, and we think it shows!
The beautiful, sheltered location of Abersoch means that the waves are a natural home for windsurfers and the shore is ideal for lazy lounging. If you fancy a change of scenery, you can go and experience the stronger winds at Quarry Beach, or the popular Town Beach, a family favourite in the summer months. Water sports enthusiasts also assemble annually for Wakestock, Europe’s largest wakeboard music festival!
Nant Gwrtheyrn, or ‘the Nant’ as it is known to locals, is home to the Welsh Language and Heritage centre. Tipped by landscape photographer, Geraint Thomas, as ‘one of Wales’ best kept secrets’, the village has wonderful views towards Porthdinllaen. You can join a number of beautiful coastal walks, or just wander down to the nearby beach and relax.
Named after Brenin Gwrtheyrn, a disgraced king who ruled ancient Britain early in the fifth century, the village is wrapped up in interesting local folklore, so you can learn all about Brenin’s betrayal, the tale of the Three Curses, the success of Elis Bach and more!