If you take the time to visit the wonderful walled city of Caernarfon and its magnificent castle, then the beautiful beach of Dinas Dinlle is just a short journey away. It is well worth this little trip, with the pebbly upper shore quickly giving way to a seriously vast swathe of firm golden sands.
The views are incredible, as – if you are blessed with good weather, at least – you can see right the way along the Llyn Peninsula and out to Anglesey’s Llanddwyn Island. The beach has been the recipient of both a Marine Conservation Society Recommendation and the prestigious Blue Flag Award, meaning that you can rest assured in the knowledge that the beach you’re visiting is clean, safe, and well looked after, as well as having great quality waters that are perfect for swimming in.
There are two separate slipways for jet skis and speedboats, and good opportunities for snorkelling, fishing and even wind surfing. It is a dog-restricted beach, meaning dogs are not allowed on the beach between May and September, but it’s fine through the winter, with dog bins provided.
Most intriguingly of all, Dinas Dinlle is a designated SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest). A number of rare birds live in the area, and there are remains of an Iron Age hillfort.
Found near to Bethesda and Caernarfon, this is an ideal place to come with a family - bring a picnic if you fancy it! There is plenty of free parking.
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Criccieth actually has two lovely beaches, but we are going to talk about the one known as Criccieth’s “main beach”. This is the easternmost beach here, separated from the other (Marine Beach) by the imposing medieval castle that overlooks the area from its prominent headland. This is one of the main reasons to visit the beach – how many other areas can boast a castle to look at while you’re soaking up the rays?
Probably the most famous of all the many castles in Wales, and for good reason – its sheer scale dwarfs the others, and the town walls are still remarkably intact. Tourists can walk along a small part of the walls, which offers some fantastic views over the town. Also houses the museum of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers.
Caernarfon is known for one thing more than anything else: its mighty castle. This immense fortress dates back to the end of the 13th century – King Edward I of England had begun his Welsh conquest, taking the town of Caernarfon in 1283. The pre-existing motte and bailey structure was demolished under his instruction, and in its place began work on the impressive stone structure we know today.
Choose a cottage in the Snowdonia area for qucik access into the Snowdonia National Park. From remote cottages overlooked by soaring mountains to cottages in small villages you can find the right level of "countryside" for you.
Base yourself in the Caernarfon area to explore this historic castle town and the Snowdonia area. The Welsh Highland Railway starts from Caernarfon to Porthmadog, a great way to see the countryside. The Llyn Peninsula is also easily accessible. Find a your holiday cottage here.
A popular area for holiday makers this has something for everyone - beaches, scenery and plenty of things to do.