Last year, the Lonely Planet named North Wales number four in the line-up of top ten regions in the world to visit in 2017. It inspired us to choose just a handful of the many reasons why you should make it your holiday destination this year.
BOUNCE BELOW, Blaenau Ffestiniog
Safe to say this is a unique attraction – a series of breath-taking trampolines set deep in a former slate mine, in a cavern the size of a cathedral. The recent refurbishment has added four new industrial slides the height of two double decker buses. An incredibly innovative idea, breathing new life into a truly historic site.
LLANDDWYN ISLAND + NEWBOROUGH BEACH, Newborough (title image)
This beach is famous for a reason. Home to Wales’ patron saint of lovers, St Dwynwen, the location for Demi Moore’s romantic thriller, Half Light, and where we have been for our Christmas day walk every year since 1989. This beach has it all – magnificent mountain backdrop, dense forest, wide open sea, and a solitary island where you can even spot the odd seal.
PORTMEIRION VILLAGE, Minffordd
Setting for The Prisoner, and more recently home to Festival Number 6, this Italianate village is wonderful for a visit at any time of year. Stay in the hotel perched on the cliffs, find out more about the distinctive pottery of the same name, or rent one of the self-catering holiday cottages for a break from the real world.
SOUTH STACK LIGHTHOUSE, Holyhead
This picture-book lighthouse is an orientation light for vessels crossing the Irish Sea to and from the ports of Holyhead and Dun Laoghaire. Walk the 400 winding steps down to the island at sunset for a light show of colours. We recommend taking some fish and chips and wearing as many layers as possible.
HALEN MôN SEA SALT, Brynsiencyn
You probably guessed that we might mention this one. Our one-of-a-kind behind the scenes tour is recommended for anyone interested in salt’s place in our history, culture, food and in what makes Halen Môn Sea Salt the world’s finest seasoning.