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Things to do in Morfa Nefyn, Gwynedd

Port Dinllaen near Morfa Nefyn © Rod Jones

The charming coastal fishing village of Morfa Nefyn lies on the north coast of the beautiful Lleyn Peninsula in North Wales.

Its main feature is the long sandy beach set back in a semicircle between two headlands.

Sheltered by low cliffs, it makes a perfect suntrap and offers safe bathing, boating and watersports.

There is always plenty of room for everyone to spread out and have their own private space.

Morfa Nefyn is ideal for family vacations, outdoor enthusiasts and those who want to chill-out, surrounded by breathtaking natural scenery.

The village of Morfa Nefyn has a couple of shops, a chapel and a local Post Office which serve the local community and the holiday homes in the area.

More amenities, banks and supermarkets can be found in the nearby town of Pwllheli, 7 miles away.

Morfa Nefyn was not always the sleepy beach resort it is today. In the 19th century, coastal trading and fishing made it an important centre.

The neighbouring village of Nefyn, just a mile away, was where Edward I celebrated his conquest over Wales in 1284.

Those interested in the maritime history of the region going back to Viking times will enjoy a visit to the Lleyn Historical and Maritime Museum in St Mary's Church at Nefyn.

There is also a historic water well here, known as the Ffynnon Fair.

Walkers will enjoy the many opportunities for hiking in the area.

There is a pleasant walk across the beach to the nearby village of Porthdinllaen.

It is famous for its historic pub, the "Ty Coch", which lies at the head of the beach and serves excellent pub lunches.

A walk along the headland will bring visitors to the site of the Trwyn Dinllaen Iron Age Hill Fort.

Although most of the remains are obscured by the Nefyn Golf Course, the magnificent views across the bay to the Yr Eifl Mountains beyond are well worth the effort.

The local inshore lifeboat is housed at Porthdinllaen in the local lifeboat station.

This is also the home of the local coastguard.

Days out from the area can cover a multitude of interests.

The largest marine aquarium in Wales can be seen at Anglesey Sea Zoo and can be combined with a trip to the nearby Plas Newydd Country House and Gardens.

Railway enthusiasts will enjoy a trip along the Llanberis Lake Railway on a former quarry steam train, or venture up Snowdon the easy way, on the Snowdon Mountain Railway.

Along with a host of delightful Welsh towns and villages, the Italianate Village of Portmeirion is also worth visiting, just 18 miles away.

Finally, in a country known for its castles and forts, there are many historic defences to enjoy.

Some of the most impressive and best maintained are Criccieth Castle, 12 miles from Morfa Nefyn, the impressive Caernarfon Castle and Harlech Castle a little further away.

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