Abersoch has been a holiday destination in my family for generations. My dad took me there when I was very small, to all the places his dad took him. Once upon a time (all those years ago!) Abersoch was a very small and not all that well known fishing village with quite a nice beach and that was about it. My grandparents used to go there as they had a sailing boat and this was their favourite place to take it. I don't believe it has changed in terms of it being a small village as it only has a small convenience store, a few surfing shops, a couple of pubs and some restaurants.
However the picture painted of a somewhat small, quiet village is vastly untrue for what it is today. On entering the village which is literally one road, you will notice a mass of 4x4's with private number plates, as well as luxury cars with every other one being either a Bentley or a Porsche. For some reason it has attracted an audience of rich and famous, with many of the Manchester United football team being regular visitors, as well as other TV stars I have seen on recent trips. This though, I believe is not due to Abersoch itself, but the holiday park down the road - The Warren. You could call it a glorified caravan park I suppose although it is a little bit more than that. With their own indoor and outdoor pool as well as members bar, people that have chalets on this site pay up to £500,000 for a beach front plot. They are lovely inside and so homely while being modern and bang on trend. In The Warren itself is where most of the 4x4's and sports cars seem to congregate and although not everyone will like this scene, I certainly enjoy it!
In Abersoch village there are a number of things to do assuming the weather is nice. I prefer to be lazy and just head down to the sand beach which I must add is one of the best beaches I have ever been to not only in England but every other country I have visited - not a pebble in sight! You will find a small little harbour in the centre of Abersoch with a number of boats and a really nice view. There are a vast array of surfing shops that all sell similar clothes etc, as well as a boutique or two stocking Armani and UGG to name but a few. There is a hair salon, a number of small quaint cafes and a lovely little delhi which does lovely freshly made baguettes and cakes! There are a few hotels and B&Bs but they get booked up extremely quickly especially in high season as it gets so crowded during the hot Summer months. In terms of nightlife, it isn't OTT but there are a few nice traditional pubs such as The Vaynol Arms and St Tudwalls Inn, as well as the Harbour which is a bit more of a nightlife scene. There are a variety of restaurants ranging from Italian to Mexican to Indian as well as a fish and chip shop or two! The restaurants as you can imagine are a little pricey and also get really busy so its better to book in advance! For those going self catering, there is a small Londis shop for all your essentials!
Many people in Abersoch and the surrounding area own a boat (or three) particularly on The Warren and during your stay you can guarantee you will see a tractor towing a boat at least ten times, seriously! For me this is all part of the holiday experience and I really enjoy joining in on a warm day. Most of the boats are speed boats or jet bikes, but I have spotted a yacht once or twice while I have been sat on the beach but they are usually kept at a larger harbour up the road in Pwllheli. A lot of Abersoch's visitors are keen on watersports so there will always be something to watch while you're sitting on the beach! Just down the road there is Hells Mouth which is a popular destination for surfers in particular.
If you want to explore a little, there village next to Abersoch is San Bach which if you go right through it is quite elevated and certain places give the most amazing view of Abersoch beach so that is worth a visit despite there not being much there. The other side is the small village of Llanbedrog which has a small shop and a petrol station as well as another route to a beach and if you go further on you will find the town of Pwllheli. This is predominately Welsh in comparison to Abersoch (I don't think I've ever heard anyone speak Welsh here...) and is far less of a tourist destination. They are more of a town comprising of some small boutique designer shops which are nice if you have some cash! As well as this there are pubs, a riding school and.... A train station! It doesn't sound like much but you can always make a day out here. They also have a large Asda just outside the town which is great if you're stocking up on food.
Abersoch is very much a seasonal place, so I wouldn't advise your first trip to be in low season. I imagine it is like a ghost town at this time and I doubt any of the shops are even open. In the summer however it is a transformed area and the weather is always lovely when I go and there tends to be a breeze so you can easily get burnt without realising! You will find it has an amazing atmosphere during the summer and they hold a number of events such as a Jazz festival as well as Europes biggest wakeboarding festival - Wakestock which is getting bigger each year. They also have a line up of artists which last year included Tinie Tempah, Example, Skepta and Chase and Status to name a few.
There are so many surrounding areas that are great to explore if you want to step outside of Abersoch - but for me Abersoch is perfect. I have been there so many times and I never get sick of it, infact I look forward to my return every year. Roll on July!
It's great to be able to write a review on something you know inside out because it means you don't have to any websites or double check anything! I'm hoping this will be really fun to write so I hope it's useful for people and encourages people to visit!
Abersoch seems to have become a destination for the North of England's wealthiest families these days. It's a small surf village on the Llyn Peninsular in North Wales where personalised registration plates are seen on every other car, guys wear shorts all year round and hundreds of teenage girls wear hoodies with denim skirts. Abersoch has recently been seen in the E4 show 'On the Edge' about rich teenagers in Cheshire who visit the Welsh village on the weekend. Rio Ferdinand, Bill Roache and John Virgo are just some of the rich and famous that I saw last time I went to Abersoch! A large number of people who stay in Abersoch own a boat. We had one a few years ago but decided to get rid of it because it's a large expense to use for two weeks a year! Cars in Abersoch share the road with tractors towing the boats to and from the beach and there is sand literally everywhere just to give the extra holiday feel!
However, if you can avoid the new breed of hooded sloanie, Abersoch is a lovely quaint village with beautiful beaches and walks, within easy reach of Snowdonia but far away from any chain restaurants to feel that you're near any major cities!
The shops, restaurants and bars
Abersoch village is very small - basically just one road. There are about 10 surf-wear shops selling Abersoch hoodies and shorts, a bank which is never ever open, a beauticians, a Post Office, a couple of grocery shops, a butcher and a newsagents. All ideal for a holiday village, although I've no idea how the people who live there cope! Some lovely cafes serving small bites and coffees thrive whatever the weather and restaurants are always packed during the peak seasons. A few of the restaurants allow bookings but if you head into the village around 5.30pm you will find long queues outside restaurants of people wanting to put their names down.
Manana is one such restaurant and the one with the longest queue! It's a Mexican restaurant but has steak and burgers for those who don't like fajitas and burritos! The staff and owners are really friendly and they always remember your name. It's quite expensive but the colourfully decorated restaurant, great staff and wonderful food ensure diners come back time and time again. It's my favourite place to eat and I think a lot of others would say the same!
Angelina's Italian restaurant is just further down the road, complete with outdoor seating which is great in the summer. It's a nice classy restaurant with modern decor and over-enthusiastic staff! Their pizzas and pastas are very decent although there is not much choice. It always seem to be busy but I've heard lots of negative things and know that they get a lot of complaints!
Across the road is The Sandpiper. Another Italian but very different to Angelina's - it's a bit more family-friendly with a modern and fun interior. Their staff are comprised of that year's GCSE students, their pizzas are tiny and more often than not, your orders come out wrong! However, I still go back and the restaurant is always packed full of people.
East Meets West is Abersoch's Indian restaurant. I do love a good curry but this is somewhere I only go if everywhere else is full up. It gets really bad reviews from most people I know who have been but it's quite reasonably priced for Abersoch and their Lamb Rogan is good. It can take forever to be served and food has been known to come separately...and cold...but I'm not one to complain...honest!
The bars and pubs in Abersoch are fun but it's certainly not a clubber's paradise. Most people drink at 'The Tuds' (Tudwall Inn) or 'The Vaynol' (The Vaynol Arms). Prices are normal pub prices and both pubs have a good fun atmosphere. The Vaynol is also good for food and have a family area, where the Tuds has pool tables and attracts a younger crowd. The Harbour has themes nights which again, attract the teenagers. They include dance music nights, boogie nights with 60s music and are generally busy, fun and chilled out. Most people end up at The Harbour as there just isn't anywhere else!
The beaches and watersports
Abersoch main beach is full of people - it's busy, fun and there is always lots to do. Beach cafes, wind-surfing, sailing and banana boats mean that you are never bored. However, if you want something a bit quieter, round the corner is 'Fach Farm Beach' which leads down past The Warren. Beautiful sand, lovely views of Snowdonia and the Tudwall Islands and a quiet, relaxing beach where you can play in the sea or sunbathe. 10 minutes drive away is Hell's Mouth which is a favourite for surfing with massive waves.
Wakestock is Europe's largest wakeboard and music festival which takes place in Abersoch and surrounding area each summer. It started back in 2000 and artists have included N-Dubz, Futureheads, Plan B, The Ting Tings, Feeder, Moby, NERD, Dizzy, Tinchy Stryder, Noisettes, Tinie Tempah, Pete Tong, Duffy (who is from nearby Nefyn) and Mark Ronson. The main music event takes place near Abersoch while the wakeboarding competition is held down the road at Pwllheli marina. It's a great couple of days and has become a real event on the festival calendar, complete with fairground rides, massive stages, rave tents and lots of alcohol!
Where to stay
The Warren - a massive site of chalets. To earn a place on the coveted Warren, complete with luxury indoor and outdoor swimming pools, pool bar, gymnasium, tennis courts, archery club, spa, club house, mini golf, on-site shops etc the basic chalets will set you back £150,000 and that doesn't even include site fees! You can rent on the Warren but the summer gets booked up early. The Warren also has a touring caravan park and campsite across the road which you can stay at for a lot cheaper!
Tal-y-Fan. The site is owned by Haulfryn (the owners of the Warren) and if you have a caravan on Tal-y-Fan you can use the Warren's facilities. However, it's quite far outside of Abersoch and it takes a good 40 minutes to walk into the centre which would be a pain as there's not much to do in the area outside of the village. Again, if you want to rent, book early and get on the waiting list to buy asap as it's 10 years long!
Fach Farm - the closest site to Abersoch village. A cheaper version of the previously mentioned sites! This is where our static caravan is! There are no facilities and even the shop and launderette have closed down over the past few years! Still, it's a great location and still quite affordable.
Camping and tourers - most visitors to Abersoch will be campers. There are tonnes of camping sites around but most are only open 1 March - 31 October (which is ideal as most of Abersoch is closed during the winter months!) This site has most of the camp sites listed in the area. http://www.ukcampsite.co.uk/sites/townlisting.asp?town=Abersoch
Renting a house - a lot of people who own homes in Abersoch rent them out for a few weeks a year. This is a great idea if you want to spend a bit more on your holiday and great for larger groups. http://www.abersochholidayhomes.co.uk/ This site is quite a good one and I know people who have used it to advertise their property.
Overall, Abersoch is a great destination for regulars or visitors. It's close to Snowdonia which is beautiful and a great place for walking. Abersoch has fantastic beaches, great restaurants and lovely cafes and everyone who visits, loves it!
I'll leave it there - this is just too long!
Abersoch is located on the Llyn peninsular of beautiful North Wales.
Abersoch is the hub of the tourist scene on the Llyn peninsular and differs greatly from the surrounding villages of the peninsular.
It has become an extremely popular holiday destination mostly due to its world famous sailing waters.
Abersoch is now attracting a trendy crowd, the new scene will not however necessarily appeal to the usual visitors to the peninsular. The village is a hive of activity whose population swells by thousands in the summer season thanks to the large holiday parks and second home owners.
High street in Abersoch would not look out of place on the trendy Cornish coast with its cacophony of surf shops and Delhi's.
There is also a good dining scene which will suit the most international of tastes with Mexican, Indian and Thai food all within a stones throw of the vast sandy beaches.
Waterspout instruction, coastal walks and a gallop on a well natured Welsh Cob will tire you out in a morning and provide the perfect excuse for an afternoon relaxing on the beach.
There is a plethora of accommodation around Abersoch ranging from camp-sites to high end cottage rentals, but groups should beware, nearly every single accommodation provider whether it be a farmers field of a boutique B&B have a no groups policy.
The village has a host of summer events and festivals from Jazz to Regattas and there is certainly a buzz about the place.
We combined our stay with one in a quieter part of the peninsular and as much as we loved the trendy bars and café's, Abersoch is just a little too trendy amd a little too posh and dare I say it... a little too English for an ideal Welsh holiday destination.
I've just got back from a few days away with my ladies, and Abersoch was our destination of choice. I have been before, my friend's family is lucky enough to own a holiday home in The Warren, so I certainly knew what to expect.
Abersoch is located just around the corner from Pwllheli, but is certainly the more desirable destination, in my opinion. We drove from Chester, and it usually takes around 3 hours with a lunch stop somewhere along the welsh coast. The drive itself is beautiful, and we like to make a day of it and visit as many places along the way as we can.
As I said, we stayed in The Warren, so I can't really advise on other options, but there were lots of lovely little b&bs, and more than one caravan park. Both The Warren and the caravan parks are situated about a 10 minute walk from Abersoch itself, which is not only great for walking off all that holiday food, but means that right outside your door is the quietest part of the beach...
The beach is large, stretching from beyond the caravan parks right round to the headland. It's not a pebble beach either, so you have plenty of sand to play on! Also, I'm no expert, but it also seemed really clean, I saw no rubbish at all while I was there.
Abersoch itself is small, and I wouldn't recommend that you plan to really shop there, as the few shops there are either for surfers, or people with lots of money. There are a couple of really decent gift shops though, with pocket money prices. There is also only a small Londis in Abersoch, so if you are in any way going self catered, I would advise that you stock up beforehand. There is an Asda just outside of Pwllheli though, so you don't need to bring the food all the way!
We were really lucky with the weather, it was baking so we spent nearly all our time on the beach. If the weather is poor though, I would recommend that you have some form of entertainment, as Abersoch is not famed for it's nightlife. If there are enough of you, you won't really need to leave your apartment, if you don't want to.
There are a handful of really nice restaurants for you to choose from, we ate in East Meets West, an amazing Indian restaurant right on the high street. The food was amazing, really well cooked. It was also nice and traditionally spicy, I hate Indian restaurants that anglicise their menus too much. The prices were great too, 3 of us ate and drank for around £35, and the service was fantastic.
The pubs in Abersoch are lovely too, really impressive in the dusk with all their fairylights in the beer gardens! I will say though that if you are easily made to feel uncomfortable in pubs, then don't bother. Each pub you walk in, every conversation stops, and every person turns to look as you walk in. It didn't bother us, but it really is a case of 'Are you local?'.
In all, I would definately recommend Abersoch, especially to groups of friends, or families. As long as you have the weather, there is plenty for you to do, and it's absolutely beautiful. I have a great time each time I go, so I hope you do too!
Abersoch, seven miles on from Pwllheli along the North Welsh Llyn peninsula is originally a fishing village but have now turned into a fairly high-faultin' beach resort.
I have not been to Abersoch in the low season, but even in June many of the houses seemed locked up, and I suspect from the late autumn to early spring it would feel like a ghost town.
In the summer it caters to a large number of visitors with its B&Bs, caravan parks and a mix of decent (but not particularly cheap) eateries.
Abersoch has an air of what can be described as self-consciously cool relaxation: tanned young men in flip-flops and low-sitting, long shorts, families unloading what seems like Alpine expedition gear from their 4x4's parked by the beach or pulling boats out onto the sand (some parts of the beach are closed to cars, though), shops selling surfing supplies and gifts (some of them rather expensive). The beach in Abersoch is very good, though, sandy curve lining the bay.
The main beach at Abersoch huge, fairly sheltered from the open ocean's onslaught and very popular. There are brilliant views towards the islands in the bay as well as the mountains of South Wales when the visibility is good, and apparemtly there is no dangerous currents.
The beach is very popular with boaters, but there is an exclusion zone providing safety for swimmers. The wind conditions make the beach great for windsurfing, but it's not really suitable for surfers. Dogs and cars are banned from some areas but allowed on others. The beach is lined by colourful beach huts which can be rented.
All in all, it's a good universal beach, and with some facilities (toilets, cafes, stalls and water sport equipment hire) along most of its length. However, a moderate walk along the length of the beach will take you away from the worst crowds.
Beyond Abersoch, the Llyn coast turns west and loses the shelter of the coast and islands in the Cardigan bay. The beaches get wilder, less cultivated and more interesting.
Porth Ceiriad is just a few miles south of Abersoch and is a stunningly beautiful stretch of sand bordered by high, rocky cliffs. It's not connected to any noticeable settlement, and the access is not particularly obvious, leading through narrow country lanes, and at the very end, a precariously steep stretch of the road. The access through Nant y Big which provides a car parking space. To reach the beach, you need to negotiate a fairly (but not ridiculously) steep flight of steps down the cliff-side, so leave the pushchair in the car. This is a relatively quiet beach, although peak seasons sees an influx of visitors. Surfing is possible here, as is play in the good, smooth sand and exploring rock pools.
What I particularly liked was using Abersoch as a base. It's worth having own transport, because the south-western tip of the peninsula is probably the loveliest part of it, and it merits a bit of exploration and it would be hard to achieve it by public transport.
The village of Aberdaron, the last noticeable settlement on the Llyn is a picturesque and pleasant place, if somehow crowded in the high season. Historically, it was the last stop for pilgrims going to the Bardsey Island (three pilgrimages to Bardsey were considered equivalent to one trip to Rome).
Bardsey is well worth visiting itself, both for its wildlife and for its utter remoteness and stupendous beauty - you can even stay on the island, but day trips are available from Pwllheli and Porth Meudwy at Aberdaron (dogs are not allowed on the Island).
Even if not undertaking a trip to Bardsey, it's very much worth driving to the end of the road and the Uwchmynydd headland, which is an exhilarating place, windswept and empty, with wonderful views of the Bardsey island. This was one of the highlights of our holiday!
On the north coast of the Llyn there are a few villages that provide some accommodation for tourists and the best of the Llyn's beaches at Porth Oer (Whistling Sands).
Every year my old university friends and I go to Abersoch for the weekend to stay in a cottage that one of my friends parents own as a holiday home.
Abersoch is a beautiful coastal seaside village in Wales. It is located in the community of Llanengan, Gwynedd. It is fairly near Snowdonia National Park and it's quite pretty driving through here to get to Abersoch. It's fairly small, it only has about 1,000 inhabitants.
Abersoch has a really nice vibe about it which is why I like spending the weekend here so much. It has become a very well established watersports village with windsurfing, jet-skiing and surfing popular pastimes of people who visit here. I think this is because the beach is very accessible and also a sandy beach which I much prefer than pebble beaches. The tide goes out quite a long way so you do get a nice long sandy beach which makes it a perfect tourist spot.
With this being the vibe there are a lot of young people in town, surfer dudes as I like to call them and lots of little surf shops to accommodate these sports. Lots of the shops sell the actual equipment you will need to participate as well as all the cool clothing such as Quicksilver, Roxy etc. Some of the little shops in town include, Fat Face, The White Stuff, Rip Girl and West Coast Surf Shop.
The centre of town is not very big but there are quite a few nice places to eat and drink and whenever I have been there the town is always fairly busy although in summer it is absolutely packed. A favourite of ours is the Abersoch café where you can get lovely scones with clotted cream and nice drinks. In the evening we tend to head to a restaurant called Fresh which is quite modern inside and does some lovely meals which are quite cheap. There are also quite a lot of nice pubs that you can spend the afternoon in, all with outside seating so you can enjoy the sea air.
Abersoch also has an 18 hole golf course which I'm told is quite a good one. The greens definitely look very green to me and are very wide and open as there are not too many trees on the course. I believe it is a private course but I think you can make reservations to come and play here too.
One thing that I knew about Abersoch but did some additional reading on was the struggle between the Welsh inhabitants and the non-Welsh visitors to this village. Virtually all the indigenous residents of Abersoch are Welsh language speakers and I'm sure a lot of them do not appreciate all the intrusion from non-Welsh speakers. According to an article I read, "Over the last 60 years it has become one of Britain's most important sailing centres, leading to significant immigration, mainly from England. This has jeopardised the Welsh character of the village and its use of the Welsh language."
Also, because the area has become so popular it has driven up the housing prices, much like what has happened in Cornwall and Devon as well. This was highlighted by an example which hit the headlines in February 2008 of that of a dilapidated wooden shed, 5.5 metres by 4.5 metres, for sale for £150,000. It was 10 minutes from the beach, with absolutely no view, and needed a good deal of work on it.
I think the locals are quite upset that they cannot always buy property in the place where they are from but that is always the problem you find when you live in such beautiful surroundings with a beach nearby and lots of great attractions to choose from.
In my opinion, Abersoch is a great weekend location, a bit far out in terms of actually wanting to live here but a truly stunning place with lots of fun things to do.
Abersoch is a small village on the beautiful llyn peninsular in North Wales. It is renowned for its watersports, clean beaches, peaceful setting and idyllic location. It has to be said that Abersoch has a lot of wealthy jet set types, hence you'll see lots of fabulous expensive houses in fabulous locations. The people who live there tend to be retired (young) city types and the kids have that very casual beach bum but loaded look about them. This is why Abersoch is full of fashion boutiques. The beach is great though, the vibe is fun and summery and the water sports are fantastic (this is were its at). There are loads of camp sites and caravan sites in the area and there are some great pubs in the village.
things to do:
Dingy sailing, yachting, windsurfing, surfing (3 miles away at Porth Neigwl (Hell's Mouth), wakeboarding, walking
where to stay:
caravan, camping, bed and breakfast
places to visit:
If you're into shopping, going to the theatre, fun lively pubs then don't come to abersoch or the llyn. Its all about the scenery and outdoor life really, a real chance to get away from it all.
I personally love abersoch, but I'm too poor to live there or have a caravan there. I have caravan about 10 miles away instead and drive to the beach.