Llanfairfechan by the sea.
Last Easter I decided to treat the family to a good old seaside holiday in Wales. As a child we were always darting through the tunnel from Liverpool to places like Llandudno, Criccieth or Anglesey. So I thought it was time I took the kids to see the beauty of North Wales.
Courtesy of Sykes we found a bobby dazzler of a property at Llanfairfechan. It was at the very top (4 flights of stairs top!) of a typical seaside property which was rendered in a beautiful blue. Perfect for over looking the bay to the front out towards Puffin Island. Idyllic views of the mountains to the rear of the property. The apartment called Seaview Apartment was immaculate.
Spread over two floors with the third bedroom upstairs having the most amazing bath with a view of the bay, it was lovely and spacious for the 4 of us. I have to say I was nearly swayed by the bath but I decided to sleep in the modern four poster bed... I was not disappointed I honestly have never, ever slept in a more comfortable bed! I have to face it, I like my bed, I need sleep and I always have done, but this bed was like sleeping on a cloud, wrapped in cotton wool!
Alas I had to leave my wonderful, cozy, warm haven at times to go explore the rest of Wales with my family!
Getting around Llanfairfechan
We arrived at Llanfairfechan late on in the evening, so my husband and I were a little perturbed when we were confronted by this beautiful low stone bridge. We don't have a big car... it's not overly tall... until you stick a great big roof box on it with wet suits, buckets, spades and myriad other things inside it! During the week we did find that there was another way onto the sea front and our holiday property. However after a long drive in the pitch black we inched through the tiny tunnel with a little room to spare and found the apartment further down the road.
There are two eateries within a few minutes walk of the property, Ocean's restaurant and The Beach Pavillion Cafe. There is also a skate park, a park and paddling pool area as well as a nature reserve and of course there is the beach. Further up into town there are a couple of take-aways, shops and a co-op. There is also a very quaint Railway Station where the train only stops if you request it. My kids got very excited at this, and apparently it has always been on my husbands to do list, so job done!
Exploring the area
On our first day in Wales we decided to explore the area and set off on a walk around the area. We headed towards the Pavillion Cafe, along the promenade. We came to a small lake where the swans were nesting and spent sometime watching the birds and at the play park.
We continued past the nature reserve and followed the coastal path. We returned along the beach, peeking into rock-pools, following Oyster-Catchers and searching for shells. The area was peaceful and beautiful. It being March there was a definite nip to the air but the mist just added to the beauty of the area.
South Stack Lighthouse
We ventured away from our little seafront paradise a few times. One adventure we had was when we drove over to Anglesey. After a few twists and turns we arrived on the cliffs at the South Stack RSPB Reserve. Here there is a lovely cafe serving hot chocolate, meals, snacks and ice cream. There is also a small play area, a walk down to the lighthouse (which is only open certain days/times and is independent of the RSPB) and other walks along the cliffs.
We spent sometime watching the seabirds nesting on the cliffs, excited to see our first Chough. We were also lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a peregrine scattering birds in its wake. We headed off the beaten track up into the heather filled hills and had a lovely brisk walk before ending back at the cafe for some very delicious ice cream!
Sticking with Anglesey
I thought I would stick with Anglesey for the time being and mention another place that we visited called Pilais Palace. Where we found a fabulously warm butterfly house, animal farm, play area and a small nature walk with a hide. Inside there is also a great cafe and a fabulous huge barn two tier play area which is great for a chilly March morning. We were also completely spoiled on the day that we visited as the Owls Trust were there with three beautiful Owls on show.
Not nearly the end of our antics...
...I have decided as we did so much during our time in North Wales to split the post up. We enjoyed it so much and hope you have enjoyed reading about it too!
Watch out for part two!
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