If you’re planning a visit soon, a trip to one of our beautiful beaches should be on your to-do list. Okay, so it’s not bucket and spade weather yet but a day out to the coast in springtime is a unique and invigorating experience. To help you plan, we’ve put together a selection of our favourite North Wales beaches. All are perfectly suited to Spring showers because they’ve got a handy bolthole nearby to take shelter in when the weather takes a turn for the worse!
1. Porthdinllaen, Llyn Peninsula
Under the care of the National Trust, the quaint fishing village of Porthdinllaen nestles in a picturesque cove with a natural harbour. It boasts a gorgeous sandy beach and it’s a great spot to take a walk or just linger and watch the world go by. Here time slows; fishermen haul in the catch of the day, seabirds wheel overhead and elusive grey seals play hide-and-seek in the bay. The harbour waters are crystal clear and there are some fascinating rock pools for the kids to investigate.
If the weather takes a turn, grab a seat at the Tŷ Coch Inn, a famous and much photographed waterfront pub. This nineteenth century inn is highly-acclaimed by visitors and critics alike and it’s easy to see why. Period charm and a delicious menu means you might not want the rain to stop!
2. Abersoch, Gwynedd
Abersoch Beach is undoubtedly one of the most famous beaches in Wales – it’s certainly one of the most lively – and it’s a good choice when the weather looks a bit iffy thanks to its sheltered location. At opposite ends of the spectrum, families and watersports enthusiasts are well catered for here. The beach is wide, level and sandy while the waters are safe, suitable for beginners and more advanced surfers or sailors.
The Abersoch Beach Café occupies a prime position right on the beach making it a quick dash when one of those pesky April showers turn up. Serving a range of light bites, drinks and traditional dairy ice cream, there are worse places to be stuck! Sit back, enjoy the view and order another coffee…
3. Criccieth, Gwynedd
Dramatic Criccieth (pictured above), boasts not one but two beautiful beaches. Separated by a rocky headland topped by the remains of a medieval castle, the eastern beach is pebbly but perfect for paddling, while the western beach rewards visitors with breathtaking views of the Llyn Peninsula. Both beaches are sheltered from harsh winds and the sea here is quite warm, owing to the Gulf Stream.
If the sky blackens, take a seat at Dylan’s restaurant where the chefs promise to cook up a “storm to put the Irish Sea to shame.” The food is excellent and the surroundings exquisite. Be warned, this isn’t your typical beach cafe but it’s well worth a visit as it’s rapidly establishing itself as one of the leading eateries in North Wales.
4. Barmouth, Gwynedd
Pretty Barmouth attracts visitors all year round but there’s so much space on its vast sandy beach it never feels crowded. At almost five miles long, this is a real walkers beach and you can often go for miles and not see a soul. If you’d prefer to stay closer to home, the quaint harbour offers great photo opportunities and views of the expansive Mawddach Estuary.
When the weather breaks, take shelter in the historic Bath House Café on the waterfront. This imposing building started life as a public bath house in the Victorian era but is now a thriving coffee shop and ice-cream parlour.
Image: Criccieth By James@hopgrove at English Wikipedia via Wikimedia Commons