The coastline of North Wales is a mix of wild and urban, ancient and modern. There are major seaside resorts, ancient fortress settlements and towns bustling with university students all mixed in with empty, wide beaches, holy islands and a thriving sailing community. Set against the backdrop of the impressive Snowdonia National Park, the beaches of North Wales are simply stunning.
If you love wild, virtually empty beaches then take at looks at some of North Wales’ best beaches below.
Conwy Morfa beach
Conwy Morfa beach is a large sandy bay. which at low tide forms part of the extensive sandy beaches and mussel banks of Conwy Bay. Head away from the estuary part of the beach if you want to go for a paddle.
If the weather isn’t so good there’s plenty of shops, cafes and restaurants nearby in the town centre that’ll keep you entertained until it perks up. There’s also a castle looking down onto the town that you can explore. I recommend staying at a holiday park in North Wales, such as Lyon’s Holiday Park, which is just a stone’s throw away from this spectacular beach!
Traeth Yr Ora, near Benllech, Anglesey
Traeth yr Ora, on Anglesey, is a beach that’s been created thanks to deposits from the river Afon Goch. The beach is just south of the estuary mouth and is a bit of a local secret. There are striking views at sea level or follow a walk that takes you past some historical monuments, Dulas Island and incredible Welsh countryside.
Just outside Porthmadog is Blackrock Sands beach one of the few beaches I know of that you can take your car straight on to. It’s extremely wild, with dune at the back covered in wild grass and big waves on windy days.
Feel free to drive up and down the sands in your car then take a walk in the dunes. If it’s too chilly for a picnic on the sand at least you can sit in your car and watch the waves with the heating on!
Old Colwyn Beach
Old Colwyn beach is just a short walk to the east of the beach at Colwyn Bay. If you prefer quieter beaches then make the walk to Old Colwyn Bay as the newer part tends to be very busy in the summer with sailing, canoeing and other water sports. There’s some good swimming (but be careful as there’s no lifeguard!) and a cycle path that runs along the coast from here.
The long stretch of sand and pebbles that make up Llanddulas beach is ideal for adventurers. There’s lots of walking and cycling to do on the coastal walkway and cycle track between here and Colwyn Bay.
A short walk from Prestatyn, Lido Beach is a great safe, sandy beach which is perfect for soaking up some sun or going for a quick paddle. Lido Beach is perfect for a staycation what with some of North Wales’ best holiday parks so nearby!
Porth Iago and Porth Ferin
These two coves are separated by a short walk along one of the newest parts of the Wales Coast Path. Take a quick walk down the dune from the car park and head to Porth Iago, the sandiest of the two. The clear blue waters are ideal for swimming and kayaking in and out of little coves.
Porth Ferin is more secluded that porth Iago and is made up of wet sand and smooth pebbles. At Porth Ferin you’ll likely spot rusted pulleys and chains that were once used to drag in fishermen’s boats after a hard day at sea!