10 of our favourite Welsh Coastal Towns

Listed from north Wales to south Wales

Caernarfon, Gwynedd

Caernarfon Castle

Most famous for its beautiful castle, Caernarfon is our most northerly favourite town in Wales.

The town is situated alongside the Menai Straights overlooking Anglesey and offers many attractions. You could take the kids to The Fun Centre where we are sure they will enjoy the giant play area, go carts and much more. Be sure to take some time out to visit the Castle - a fine example of its kind and probably the most architecturally impressive castle that can be found in Wales.

Caernarfon is also home to the Welsh Highland Railway which will transform you back in time to the steam age whilst travelling through some of the most stunning countryside in north Wales - offering plentyful views of Snowdonia and its surrounding peaks.

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Criccieth, Gwynedd

View from Criccieth Castle

A small popular coastal town in north Wales with many attractions inviting visitors back time and time again. Criccieth Castle stands on a small headland dominating the skyline from almost everywhere in town. From the Castle fine views over the Snowdonia National Park can be found by looking south east and to the west you will find stunning views of the Lleyn Peninsula.

Criccieth has two beaches, the nicest is situated just below the lifeboat station and is ideal for families with an ice cram parlour and fish & chip shop within a stones throw of the beach.

In town along the High Street, you will find plenty of restaurants, bars and shops to keep you entertained. You can even commision a local clog maker (Trefor Owen Clogs) and take home a very unique pair of shoes!

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Aberaeron, Ceredigion

Aberaeron Harbour

With one of the prettiest High Streets in Wales, Aberaeron draws visitors from all parts of the world. After taking in the High Street take a wander around the small back streets to find hidden gems of architecture and brightly painted Welsh townhouses. You might even stumble across a few delightful restaurants or if fish & chips are the order of the day head to the harbour to find some of Ceredigion's best.

Aberaeron has two beaches, one to the north of the River Aeron and another to the south and nearby is Aberaeron Yaught Club - ideal for an evening drink or two whilst watching the sun setting in to Cardigan Bay.

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Aberporth, Ceredigion

Beach at Aberporth

Boasting two very nice sandy beaches, Aberporth is a favourite amongst both locals and visitors. The town nearly doubles its numbers in people during the summer season.

The north beach is a family favourite with a beach shop, pub and takeaway right along side it, there are also some rockpools and a small river running along the northern edge.

A great coastal walk can be made by heading north along the Ceredigion Coast Path from Aberaeron for some 20 to 30 minutes. This will bring you to Tresaith where there is another nice sandy beach. Pop in to the Ship Inn (just above the beach) for some good food.

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St Dogmaels, Pembrokeshire

St Dogmaels

With is ancient Abbey ruins and narrow winding roads you will immediately find yourself feeling as though you have been transported back to a by gone era in St Dogmaels. Pretty Welsh cottages line the steep bank from the very top of the valley down to the south bank of the River Teifi.

In Town you will find restaurants, cafe's, pubs and the locally famous Bowen's Fish and Chip Shop - not to be missed!

A mile or so west of St Dogmaels you will come across Poppit Sands - Pembrokeshire's most northerly beach and very popular at all times of the year. You could even come across the local paragliding club practising on the vast sands here or kite surfers getting their adrenalin rush in the surf just beyound the shore.

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Newport, Pembrokeshire

Newport Pembrokeshire

Sitting on the lower slopes of Carningli Mountain and stretching down to the waters edge at the Parrog, Newport enjoys one of the most picturesque settings in Wales.

The Nevern Estuary winds it way along the towns northern edge and meets the sea at Newport Sands' southern edge. The town of late has become a foody heaven with many restaurants, cafe's and pubs serving up gastronomical delights.

Although having Town status, Newport is no bigger than a large village and all amenities are within a 15 minute walk of each other.

Newport Sands is a mile long stretch of dune backed sand protected by two headlands (Dinas Head & Morfa Head) making it a very popular beach with families, boating enthusiasts and during the winter, kite surfers and land yaughters.

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St David's, Pembrokeshire

St Davids City

Famous for it's Cathedral and also because it is the Uk's smallest City, St David's is meerly a village in terms of population but makes up for this by being a very lively and bustling centre on the St David's Peninsula.

The City is positioned a mile or so inland from the coast at Caerfai Bay and boasts many pubs, restaurants, cafe's and shops. You could take a boat trip out to Ramsey Island from the nearby St Justinian's lifeboat station or visit Whitesands Beach - famous as a great surfing spot in the UK.

St David's makes a great destination for exploring the surrounding peninsula, its villages and further afield to the south - St Brides Bay.

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Broad Haven, Pembrokeshire

Broad Haven

Set in the south of St Brides Bay, Broad Haven is a very popular summer holiday destination. The village sits quite litterally on the beach with only a quay wall to protect it from the winter westerly's.

Other than the spectacular cliffs there are two pubs and a restaurant to enjoy - but the real reason for visiting Broad Haven has got to be for the stunning beach which enjoy's some of the best views of St Brides Bay that can be found.

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Freshwater East, Pembrokeshire

Freshwater East

Its all about the location at Freshwater East - the village sits high up on the cliff tops above a beautiful sandy beach and commands spectacular views across the south Pembrokeshire coastline.

Don't expect a plethora of restaurants, cafe's, pubs and shops here, this is a proper rural coastal village.

Most of the countryside immediatley surrounding Freshwater East is classed as SSSI (Sites of Special Scientific Interest) and is home to such flora and fauna as Choughs, Glow Worms and the Burnett Rose.

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Laugharne, Carmarthenshire


Laugharne is situated alongside the River Taf close to the border with Pembrokeshire.

A very popular destination at all times of year due to its connections with Dylan Thomas, its picturesque setting and the castle ruins - Laugharne also boasts many restaurants, pubs, cafes and shops to keep most people happy.
Try the Cors Restaurant for a little quirkyness or Cafe Culture for the Leek and Potato Soup.

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