The coastal town of Benllech has made many picturesque postcards in the past and is renowned for its seaside beach appeal. With deck chairs out, golden coloured sands and blue lapping waters at its shore, its a firm favourite on the Anglesey costal beach circuit. It’s nestled in the north eastern quadrant of the Anglesey, in some of the more lush countryside the island has to offer. It neighbours Pentraeth and Moelfre, which are lovely counterpart towns to visit, within a fifteen minute drive.
Located on the Isle of Anglesey in North Wales, Benllech is a popular beach holiday destination. With abundance of clean yellow sands, this town looks out towards the Penmon Point and the Great Orme. The Wales Coast Path and the Anglesey Coastal Path pass through this quaint little town. Benllech has won several prestigious awards such as the Civic Trust Awardand the Tidiest Village on Anglesey Award. The award was offered for the making a cultural, positive, economic and social contribution to the local community. The coastal town of Benllech with its clear blue sea and golden sands seems nothing less than a dream come true for an avid traveller. This safe beach is popular for the traditional holiday destination that it has transformed into.
This small holiday town is the recipient of the Blue Flag Beach status. This little town has just 2,340 residents who have chosen to retire in this picturesque locale after spending their holidays here numerous times. The glorious beaches and the resplendent Anglesey countryside lure the visitors to return to this little island year after year. There is something for everybody here. This beach is popular for surfing, canoeing, swimming, kitesurfing occasionally, sailing, fishing, SUP’ing and more. The close proximity to the Coastal Path of Anglesey presents numerous opportunities to stretch your legs on some of the best coastline walks in the UK and the Wales.
Beaches and Coast
Benllech beach is an immensely popular sandy beach that is fronted by a promenade on the eastern coast of Anglesey and is backed by a sea wall. This beach is a safe haven for beach lovers who love to indulge in some swimming. The shore turns rocky towards the north. The sandy shore stretches up to St David’s Beach towards the south east.
You would not be happy if you want to take your beloved pooch along towards the northern side of the beach. Short term road parking is available at the seafront. You can also access parking at the P&D car park. Apart from host of other amenities offered at the beach, you can find cafes with picnic tables, beach shops, toilets and slipways at this mesmerizing beach.
There is so much to do in this little captivating town of Benllech. You can try out the local cuisine, explore Red Wharf bay, laze around on the Benllech Beach and explore historical sites of Din Lligwy. You can shop for fossils from the Stone Science shop. If you are looking for adventurous activities, then you can indulge in canoeing and surfing along the shores.
Food and Amenities
The Bradley’s Deli Coffee Shop serves delightful sweets and savouries. For a robust and all encompassing menu, hit the Beachcomber Bar and Grill. The Breeze Hill offers a family menu and a good deal when you are outing with your family.
If you are craving for Cantonese food, then hit the Talent House. If you enjoy seafood then indulge in the offerings of The Crab Shop. For quick tea and snacks, hit The Wendon. For indulging in delicious desserts right at the beach, you should visit the ice cream kiosk at the Benllech beach.
Things to do when you stay here
The beach in the summer months at Benllech offers everything that is essential for a great British sea side family holiday. This Blue Flag beach is a haven for water sports enthusiasts and swimmers.
You can indulge in water sports as there is exciting adventure waiting for you at this quaint little town. You can take powerboat trip, windsurf, dive, swim and flop in the crystal clear water surrounding this fascinating town. Go explore Red Wharf Bay while in Benllech area also, another beach area that is rather lovely. This fantastic bay has stretches of golden sands and offers abundance of interesting places that can be explored. The beach of Llanddona across this wide bay offers plenty of opportunities in to indulge in adventurous activities along the shoreline.
You can also spare sometime in exploring wide variety of flora and fauna in Benllech. You can relax in a café on the beach or hit the souvenir shops. You must try the ice-creams served at the kiosks along the beaches for completing your seaside holiday at Benllech in style.
Places to see and do
There is a plethora of fascinating places that you can visit while in Benllech apart from the sandy beach. Here are some interesting places that you can visit while in this charming town.
This 19thcentury castle seems to have come straight of a story book. This massive castle is nestled between the Menai Strait and Snowdonia. It is renowned for its fascinating items such as plasterwork, intricate carvings and the regal furniture. It is known for the enthralling collection of pieces of art. There is also a model railway museum for the visitors to explore. Do not forget to visit the Victorian walled garden which is home to exotic collection of shrubs and other species. This castle is located 17 miles off the coastal town of Benllech.
This trail is based on a treasure hunt theme which takes you around the scintillating town of Beaumaris located 9 miles from Benllech. This trail spans over 1.5 miles and lets you win some real treasure.
If you want to take a journey back 650 million years in time, then you need to hit Stone Science which is one of the most popular attractions in Benllech. This family owned, unique museum offers you a chance to explore one of the largest collections of fossils in Wales.
You will get a chance to see thousands of fossils, crystals and minerals here. There is a picnic area and gift shop attached to this museum. This is an ideal place for budding geologists who are keen on studying dinosaur models, minerals and fossils. You can also purchase jewellery and stone crafts.
What we love to do there from a pure Locals perspective
Benllech has seen a resurgence of popularity over the past decade, with many holiday parks and accommodation becoming avalible it has enabled many visitors to have a foothold in a piece of Anglesey at an affordable price. If I’m heading over to Benllech way there are a couple of things I like to do, this depends if I’m going solo of with my patient and long suffering girlfriend! If we are having a day together, I love to head towards the ship inn for a coffee outside and watch the tide come into the estuary. If the tide is out we will head for a stroll across the beach to look at the amazing geology on the near by cliffs (**notice — tides come in here really quick and can and will catch you out. only venture on a dropping tide). After a stroll we will try and incorporate a spot of fishing and art, meaning niki will draw while I fish for bass.
I lie to head over to Lligwy area for Bass on the lure and niki will site in the shade from the wind and do some art. We always have a little forage wherever we go, normally at Lligwy area we will see Rose Hipps and Brambles, and fill a bag of goodies for making some easy things when we get home.
Some times I go climbing just off Benllech beach, there are some sport routes put up there, you will need a guide book (north Wales sport climbs or north Wales Rock guide). Other times I go for a swim on the beach with my triathlon wetsuit and have a dip. Parking can be a mission, so expect to have a run around or drive early. We like to picnic with outdoor food, but there are many places to get some bites there on the front- you won’t go hungry!
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