Located off the coast of Anglesey, Llanddwyn Island is one of the most romantic locations in northern Wales. Its name means “the church of St. Dwynwen”. An old legend says that Dwynwen was such an unlucky woman in love that she came to live as a nun on this little island, where she prayed that others would have better luck with her in matters of the heart. As a part of the adventure weekends in Wales, you can surely look for a good time here.
And so Saint Dwynwen became the patron saint of lovers, making her the Welsh equivalent of St. Valentine. Just as the path of true love is not always easy, the route to this beautiful place is not easy either. Only at low tide is it possible to reach the island by walking for about a mile on Llanddwyn Beach, where it always winds a lot.
There is yet another tour option. It turns out that many people claim that King Arthur is buried in Wales. Some believe their remains are on Bardsey Island (link is external), a small island off the northwest coast of Wales. Known as the “island of 20,000 saints” that has inspired countless artists, writers and musicians, it boasts an abundance of wildlife perfect for a walk.
In Welsh pastries you can always find a local specialty: welsh cakes, pure sweet pancakes stuffed with dried fruit. They can come in a silver holder and be accompanied by homemade lemon curd.
The dish is part of afternoon tea at St Tundo Hotel in the Llandudno resort. The meal also includes sandwiches, scones and jams, as well as a variety of cakes. Even bara brith, a local fruit cake recipe, is part of the menu. For extra effervescence, you can taste it all with a glass of sparkling wine.
Surf before dinner
First of its kind in the world, Snowdonia Surf sits on a lagoon in a part protected by the Snowdonia mountain range. Open since 2015, the lagoon is powered by machines specially designed to generate perfect surfing waves every 90 seconds.
There is also a children’s play area, Soft Play Shack, for babies and young children, plus a surf shop, café, snack bar and restaurant. You can even stay there, which has a camping area with waterfront cabins. The park’s newest attraction is Crash & Splash Lagoon, a rugged course that ends in a giant catapult.
Dinner with a renowned local chef
A native of North Wales, renowned chef Bryn Williams has worked at some of London’s most prestigious restaurants. He worked side by side with chefs like Marco Pierre White and Michel Roux. In addition to being the patron of the award-winning Odette’s in London, Bryn Williams at Porth Eirias recently opened an elegant seaside café, bar and restaurant on the North Welsh coast.
Menu highlights include a shareable plate of Porth Eirias fish pie, Welsh meat and a salad with Conwy goat cheese and honey. The wine list includes Gwinllan Conwy, made in a Welsh winery just a few miles away from the restaurant.
How to get
Northern Wales is a three-hour drive north of the capital Cardiff. The region is close to cities in central and northwest England, including Birmingham and Manchester, about a two-hour drive away.