Nefyn is a small seaside resort on the northwest coast of the Llyn Peninsula in Gwynedd, Wales. The town is popular among visitors for its sandy beach and a hotel. The unspoiled seafront and clean sea make Nefyn one of the best-hidden gems in wales.
Historically, the town is known as the medieval borough where King Edward I hosted a tournament to celebrate his conquest of Wales in 1284. There’s still an area on the outskirts of the town called Edward’s Field (Cae Iorwerth).
How to Get to Nefyn
There are bus and rail stations where you can make connections to Nefyn. You can also take the A497, seven miles north of Pwllheli. There is a car park and public toilets, but it’s important to note that access to the beach is steep.
The History of Nefyn dates back to 300BC when the Iron Age hillfort of Garn Boduan overlooked Nefyn. You can still find the remains of over 170 round stone huts on the 917-foot hill.
Besides being the host of the King Edwards I tournament, Nefyn is also known as the place where Gerald of Wales slept on the eve of Palm Sunday in 1188.
Things To Do in Nefyn
Although Nefyn is a small town and the beach is even smaller, there are plenty of activities and things to do here for the whole family. Dogs are allowed on the eastern coast of the beach away from the harbour, so you can consider bringing your pet as well.
The sandy beach and clean seawater make for an excellent walk by the beach. But there’s more to walking in Nefyn. There are footpaths crisscrossing in the Llyn Peninsula, and there is so much you can explore in the hinterland and on the coastal strip.
The Llyn coastal path weaves it’s way through the village from the slopes of The Rivals via Nant Gwytherin to Penrhyn Nefyn, leading to Bardsey Island. The views of the clear blue waters are to die for from the tip of the Peninsula, and you can also take in the view of the Rivals to the east and the headland of the Porth Dinllaen to the west.
You can also try out the Trwyn Porth Dinllaen or Porth Dinllaen Point walk. It’s a challenging walk that requires proper preparation beforehand. The trail will take you from the headland above Nefyn beach through the coastline around Penrhyn Nefyn and to the Morfa Nefyn and later dropping to the centre of Porth Dinllaen Bay. You can return through the Nefyn Golf Course after reach Trwyn Porth Dinllaen.
The loop should take you half a day to complete, but there’s a pub at the halfway point where you can stop for a drink. Most people make this walk heading to the Porth Dinllaen beach, which is one of the best rock pooling beaches in the area.
There’s an increasing availability of canoes and sea kayaks at the Nefyn beach as more visitors are looking to take to the waters off the Welsh coast. A while back, the sea was only considered home to yachts and motorboats. Today, visitors hire smaller crafts to help them explore the coastline, which proves to be quite a fun expedition.
Sunbathing and swimming
Nefyn beach has good water quality, which is why many people coming here don’t mind going for a swim. It also has beach huts that make fine spots for visitors looking to sunbathe in the fine weather.
If you’re interested in golfing, cycling, go-karting, wakeboarding or pin bowling, there are facilities nearby you can easily get to from the beach.
Facilities and Amenities
Although you might not find many amenities at the beach, there are nearby facilities that offer most of the amenities you need.
Dylan’s, an award-winning waterside restaurant, is a great place to grab a meal with its locally sourced ingredients. You can also try out Plas Bodegroes Restaurant, which is a mere six miles from the beach or the Café Cedron that offers excellent views over the lake.
Most of the facilities that offer accommodation are close to the beach within a 3-mile radius, so you don’t have to worry about getting too late.
First off is a touring caravan site called Garreg Lwyd Farm Holidays that offers a rural experience with outstanding country views. You can also try the Rhos Du – a lovely traditional Welsh cottage in an idyllic peaceful location with top of the line services and comfortable space.
There’s also the Hendre that sits on private grounds and tucked off the beaten track. Its convenient location makes it an ideal base from where you can experience all of Snowdonia.