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Whether you prefer soft, golden sands that stretch for miles, or a peaceful, secluded cove with spectacular mountain views, one of North Wales’ beautiful beaches is sure to provide the perfect spot to relax beside the sea. Boasting some of the most breathtakingly beautiful beaches in the UK, the North Wales coast is the ideal place to enjoy a beach holiday – without the bustling holiday crowds. Why not spend an afternoon exploring the coast to find one of these hidden gems?
Beaches on Anglesey
Traeth yr Ora
Located on the North Eastern coast of Anglesey, Traeth yr Ora is a small, sand and shingle bay. Separated from neighbouring Lligwy beach by rocky cliffs. This remote beach looks out over Dulas Island, with its distinctive pointed tower. Legend has it that prisoners were tied to the rocks that sit halfway between the shore and Dulas Island, and left to drown slowly as the tide came in. For such a small beach, it has a lot of fascinating history – tales of King’s conquests, smugglers and enemy captures.
Located about a mile North of Lligwy beach, along the Wales coastal path means Traeth yr Ora is a little tricky to get to if you have young children. At low tide however, the bracken backed beach has stunning golden sands that are well worth the 20 min walk. This is probably the best beach in this area of Anglesey.
If you want to seek out a real hidden gem, White Beach is little known cove just over the hill from Llanddona. This very secluded pebble beach makes the most wonderful spot to enjoy a picnic. Head for the village of Glan-yr-Afon past Llangoed and a narrow lane to the coast. There is a tiny car park on the cliffs above, but be aware that the approach road is too narrow for motorhomes. This beach really is hidden away and may take a little effort to find, but it is well worth the effort. When the tide is low this is a good spot for finding fossils in the rocks off the shore.
Beaches on the Llyn Peninsula
This is a busy seaside spot in high summer due to the world famous pub which hosts lively beach parties. The Ty Coch Inn is renowned as one of the most beautiful beach bars in the world and it’s not hard to see why! There is no access to the beach by car, so visitors must walk for about a mile across the beach and headland to enjoy this picturesque bay on the northern shore of the Llyn Peninsula.
For those who seek peace and tranquillity, Porth Dinllaen is still worth visiting. Just a short walk past the pub and the quaint cottages that line the shore, leads you along a sandy coastal pathway to a peaceful cove, home to the lifeboat station and a spectacular view back towards Snowdonia.
Porth Towyn’s soft golden sand provides a perfect family friendly beach, away from the hustle and bustle of busy resort towns. Just like it’s more famous neighbour Whistling Sands (Porth Oer), the sand here squeaks beneath your feet. Walking routes run in both directions from the beach and provide a great opportunity to enjoy the huge array of coastal wildlife that can be found on this stretch of coastline. If you have never visited the Llyn Peninsula, you’ll find it is an incredible place to escape and feel away from it all. Porth Towyn is a truly idyllic spot.
To find Porth Towyn, turn off the road from Aberdaron-Nefyn to the village of Tydweiliog. With limited parking on the lane behind the beach itself, it is better to park roadside in the village and walk ¾ mile across the fields and down to the beach.