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Abersoch: sun, surf, sea, sand... and sloanies
Abersoch in general
Member Name: Wickedinrock
Abersoch in general
Advantages: great holiday atmosphere, good restaurants and cafes, great watersports, lovely beaches and scenery
Disadvantages: lots of rich teenagers! Very expensive.
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!
Summary: A great place for a summer holiday
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