Loving Seaside Holidays!
Published: Thursday 25th Sep 2014
Written by: Ginnie James
The summer holidays are over but the lovely weather continues and now is a great time to sit outside in the still settled evenings and plan next year’s holiday! If a holiday for you is relaxing yet with the option of easily organised trips giving the kids a great time then you can’t go wrong with a traditional seaside holiday. And what better place than the long Welsh coast?!
Obviously I may be just a tad biased, but here in Wales we have nearly 900 miles of glorious coastline and so there really is a patch of coast to suit everybody. As a family we haven’t yet made it back up to Anglesey for my Mum to re-live her childhood summers but we have stayed in quite a few places along the coast over the last few years and haven’t had a bad experience yet! Manorbier, in Pembrokeshire, was the first coastal village my husband and I holidayed in and we loved it.
A short walk down to the beach, a castle for me and a pub for him! This was also our dogs’ first introduction to the sea, however this didn’t go as well as we imagined. Although he loves the rivers and canals of Mid Wales, the sea just didn’t seem to hold the same appeal for him and he hasn’t been keen ever since. Our daughter on the other hand has always been a bit of a dare devil and loves the sea.
Before she could even walk she would crawl her way down to the waves and on a holiday to West Wales, even though she had only started walking a month or so before, my Mum & Dad were hard pressed to keep her upright when she insisted on walking into waves as big as she was. Did wear her out though and we all slept very well that week! Cardigan Bay does make up quite a big proportion of the coastline and this where it seems my family gravitate to these days when the sea calls. Take a look at my post about Borth and Ynyslas which are a couple of favourite spots of ours.
For a back to basics holiday by the sea they are a great place to go. For a bigger town experience then Barmouth may be for you. My husband and I went a few years ago with friends and had a really good time.
There are plenty of pubs, cafes and restaurants to choose from if you don’t want to cook and great little shops for a spot of shopping. Sitting on the sandy beach with my friends, eating the most gorgeous icecream was a wonderful moment that I treasure. The families there also seemed to be having a wonderful time with plenty of activities to keep the kids occupied and release all their energy.
There is so much more I could tell you about, but that will have to wait for another time. What are your favourite Welsh beach memories? And if you don’t have any yet, let me know what you like best about the sea and I can find you the perfect place to start creating some!