The Welsh Valentine's Day!
Published: Sunday 24th Jan 2016
Written by: The Wales Cottage Holidays Team
Here in Wales we have our own Valentine’s Day called St Dwynwen’s Day which is celebrated on the 25thJanuary each year. Maybe this is a perfect chance for all those romantics out there to celebrate twice!
St Dwynwen is the Welsh patron saint of lovers and, so the story goes, she was the most beautiful daughter of a Welsh king. She fell in love with a man named Maelon Dafodrill, but it was not to be, her father had arranged for her to marry someone else. Dwynwen prayed to God for help and in her sleep an angel visited, giving her a potion to wipe away her memories of Maelon and turn him into a block of ice. After this she devoted her life to God who granted her three wishes, first that Maelon be thawed, second that God should meet the needs of lovers across the world and third that she should never marry.
On Anglesey the stunning little island of Llanddwyn still has the remains of a church and well where she set up a convent and devoted her life to god. The walk across the stunning Newborough beach to the tidal Llanddwyn Island has to be one of the most romantic walks in Wales. Whilst you are there, if you dare, take a look in the well where it is believed there are sacred fish that can predict if relationships will succeed. If the fish are active you are in luck!
North Wales is the perfect place for a romantic break with its delightful coastline, dramatic mountains, romantic castles and award winning cafes and restaurants. Why not treat your loved one to an adventure of a lifetime on Zip World Titan or Bounce Below underground trampolines or visit the Beacon Climbing centre and try the new 10 metre freefall jump. For a less heart stopping adventure why not take a stroll to one of our spectacular waterfalls. Aber Falls near Llanfairfechan and the Swallow Falls at Betws-Y-Coed are often at their best at this time of year. The winter gardens at the National Trust’s Bodnant gardens are truly stunning and keep an eye out for Snowdrop day at Penrhyn Castle. Stock up on Welsh goodies at one of our many speciality shops such as Rhug Estate Farm shop near Corwen or Bodnant Welsh Food centre near Conwy. For a truly Welsh gift visit a local craft shop and buy your loved one a traditional Love Spoon and Welsh language card.
Dydd Santes Dwynwen hapus (Happy St Dwynwens day)
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