We like to think of our beloved country being split into three parts North Wales, Mid Wales and South Wales. From Anglesey to the capital Cardiff its a distance of 250 miles of winding mountain roads and sweeping coastal roads that separate us. For seasoned travellers why not hire a motorhome and take on an adventure to discover all three parts in a fantastic tour of Wales. See the Wales way for further information and ideas.
The area of North Wales is what our blog is concentred on, it is the most rugged and dynamic of the three areas, we like to think, although the neighbouring parts of Wales, are equally beautiful. North Wales is spoilt with the most eye watering scenery, from our pristine white sand beaches on Anglesey and the Llyn to the dramatic mountain backdrops in the Llanberis pass and Ogwen valley.
The great thing about of north Wales is that you never more than an hour away from a beach in any direction. What ever you want to do experience and see here, attractions are so close in proximity you never have to travel to far away. Maybe one morning you want to make sand castles on the beach but in the afternoon you want to head to the mountains to drive the winding passes in your car and show the children the steep mountain passes that where once carved by glaciers one mile high. A thirty minute drive is what separates you from both those scenes, making so much much beauty so easily accessible.
With new flights routes opening up between Cardiff and Anglesey you can fly between the capital and the Island of Anglesey in less than an hour with Eastern Airways. On a summers day you will be treated to some of the most beautiful vistas as you glide over the welsh coast at altitude looking down on the Snowdonia plateau. With very reasonable fares (sometimes less than £50 return) you can make a day trip of it and take in two of the most famous parts of Wales in one or multiple days. You could time it with an international rugby or football match at the Millennium stadium in Cardiff to watch a game and take in the atmosphere there, then catch a flight up to visit us in the north.
North Wales has over 30 million visitors per year and we are a flagship location to visit, we have some of the most iconic beautiful beaches, mountains and coasts on the planet! Our locally grown food and seafood is exquisite and we have some of the most beautiful locations to stay in. Couple this with an outdoor paradise and adventure playground that comes as standard and you can see why we top the ranks as a world leader in tourism and experience. The sleepy nature of north Wales will charm you with its subtle and delightful charms. Below we’ve listed some information on some of the more delicious aspects of north Wales and its charms. Enjoy.
Tranquille north Wales holiday cottage stays in pristine settings with and abundance of nature surrounding you in every direction. Golden beaches with sweeping sand dunes and backed by pine forests, with lapping blue waters on the shores. The sound of breaking small crescent waves as the tide pushes up the shore line and covers sandcastles as the tide flows in.
Setting suns with golden skies and flashing light houses, with shimmering light reflecting off turquoise water with ripples from a light westerly breeze. Sailing boats with jibs and main sails full and braced to windward as they make their way along the coast. Ferrys moving in and out of the harbour bringing in with them visitors from shores afar all excited to visit the holy island with its charming and natural sea side vibes. Rich floral scents in spring time from the farmers turning their crops in preparation for the summer rotation and cyclists passing in small colourful pelotons through the back lanes, two abrest moving swiftly along.
Kite surfers whipping along the bay and making jumps out in the shallow safe bays, while shore side, visitors dig their toes into the warm sand and tuck into picnics with welsh home made ice creams, cakes and sanwhiches all washed down with a little prosecco for good measure. Cars skid around the anglesey circuit, all polished and prepared for race day with the Llyn peninsular back drop with mountains reflecting the mornings light.
Evenings spent together tasting delicious seafood on the terrace in the setting sun, with most watering wines and beautiful views to end the most perfect weekend on your north Wales stay. You are cordially invited to experience this all for yourself and much much more only in north Wales.
When you land back up in north Wales we have a list of exiting things for you to do from thrilling experiences like zip lining down the worlds largest zip wire in Bethesda, Snowdonia with Zip World or maybe you want more of a tranquil day by being pampered at one of the top SPA resorts here to unwind, eat wonderful food and take in the beautiful scenery. Or maybe you have come here to Surf the Wild West coast of north Wales, mountain bike the sweeping trails at Coed y Brenin mountain bike centre, and Scuba dive our abundant and living seas here off the Trearddur bay coast and see the Marine life with you very own eyes. What ever you want to do be it adrenalin filled or relaxing we have it covered here. Feeling inspired to experience some of these yourself? See our north Wales activities and north Wales adventure map listings.
North wales has some dreamy Spas, which will pamper you to your every need. Nestled in some rather amazing locations all across the north west. some on the coast, some secluded in private estates in the middle of Snowdonia or off on the island of Anglesey. Spas such as Cheatau Rhinafa, Bodesgawen Hall, Trysgawen Hall, Quay Hotel and spa, Empire Hotel and Spa, Coes fan Spa, Ruthin Castle Spa these are some of our finest Spa hotels in the area and they are in some of the most devine locations. Go see our full north Wales Spa break guide for further information on booking your Spa break.
Maybe you have come to play golf here in north Wales, with over 30 amazing golf courses dotted all over north Wales, you’ll be sure to find a place to place near to your stay. North Wales Golf host some of the UKs finest golf courses, in some spectacular locations such as Porth Dinllaen, Beaumaris, Treaddur Bay, Harlech, Llangollen Denbigh and Bull bay. See our full golf listing for further information.
If your heading to north Wales to do watersports then you’ll be kept rather busy with so many different activities to do while your here. From snorkelling on the shores of our many beaches on Anglesey, Kitesurfing in Rhosnigr and Newborough, diving at hells mouth or Porth Carriad on the Llyn, fishing on charter boats or from the shore or maybe river fishing with a fly in snowdonia for wild trout, wakeboarding and powerboating at Benllech and Treaddur bay, SUP’ing the amazing coast all around Porth Daffarch, Aberfraw and Ty Croes, Sea Kayaking around Penmon, The Skerries and South Stack or maybe your a scuba diver who wants to dive the wreck littered coasts of Anglesey in search of treasures!
You could be a wild swimmer who loves the feel of cold salty sea on your skin, swimming at any of our blue flag award winning beaches, or maybe your a sailor who loves hoping from marina to marina along our varied coast, taking in the delights of our island from slightly offshore perspective, dropping anchor at secluded and uninhabited bays and sparking up the bbq on boat and cooking your catch.. or maybe you just want to sit and sunbathe on the deck of a boat and occasionally dip your toes into the cool sea whilst reading your favourite book.
North Wales can cover it all, and more. Head over to our north Wales water sports section and see what takes your fancy there
North Wales is renowned for its wonderful fresh organic food and its fabulous seafood. We have local growers that nurture their produce and grow and tend to it by hand.
From the world famous sea salt Halen Mon that draws its amazing sea salt from the dynamic waters of the Menai strait, or Snowdonia Cheese who now export their truckles of welsh cheese to over forty countries world wide or Menai Mussles which grow their muscles from seed to plate on the lavan sands in the Menai strait. Why not come and sample some of the North Wales food delights on your next stay.
Our restaurants here in north Wales have some of the most flavoursome and tasty home grown, locally sourced ingredients in the UK from the line caught bass on the island to our hand picked lobster and crab. From the fresh fields we have award winning meats and dairy grazed on lush green pastures with clean sea air. Our local farmers grown some of the most nutrient rich vegetables and greens anywhere you’ll find, the salty air provides our soils with rich a mineral biome. The taste difference of our food here is words apart. Fresh game comes from the estates of Anglesey with Pheasant partridge and duck all within twenty miles of the restaurant at which it arrives too.
Many of our award winning restaurants then take these wonderfull ingredients and produce culinary master pieces, served with love in the most iconic locations tha will serve you pallette. Restaurants such as The Marram Grass, Sposban, Bryn Eirias and Bodesgawen Hall, Chateau Rhinafa, Mawddach restaurant, Hotel Portmeirion, Castle cottage Harlech, The Bull Hotel, On the Hill restaurant, Chantrey’s at the imperial hotel, Quay fine dinning and the Lake Vyrnway Hotel. These are all award winning north Wales restaurants which pride themselves on the highest quality service, environment and taste of their food anywhere in United Kingdom.