Penmaenmawr is a resort in Conwy County Borough, Wales. It lies on a glorious stretch of the North Wales coast, west of Llandudno, with the shimmering ocean on one side and towering mountains on the other. Self-catering holidays in Penmaenmawr are popular among walkers exploring the area’s spectacular coast path and mountain trails. Penmaenmawr has a pebble and sand beach which has been awarded the Blue Flag for five years running and is a wonderful spot for an invigorating swim in the sea. Behind the beach and railway track, on Bangor Street and the surrounding lanes, you will discover a variety of family-run businesses. Take a stroll from your holiday cottage in Penmaenmawr to the Village Bistro for good food prepared with the best local ingredients, or the Beach Café for a cooked breakfast or coffee with lovely views across the bay.
Penmaenmawr lies partly within Snowdonia National Park and a road runs through the Sychnant Pass with breathtaking views to the sea and Great Orme. The road runs between the stone walls of the Pensychnant Estate and through a narrow gap in the hills before a dramatic descent to the bottom of the valley at Capelulo, where you will find a pair of inns and a beautiful woodland trail. Nearby, a strenuous footpath will take you the summit of Mynydd y Dref (or Conwy Mountain) where you will be greeted by the sight of Neolithic hut circles and an Iron Age hillfort. Many of Northwest Wales’ prettiest villages, towns and cities will be a short drive from your holiday cottage in Penmaenmawr, including Bangor, Llanberis and Caernarfon. Wales’ highest mountain, Snowdon, is a scenic one hour-drive southward. 10 miles northward, Llandudno is a charming resort, framed by a pair of craggy headlands and overlooked by a medieval castle. Take a wander along the seafront, where you will find elegant Victorian architecture and a variety of nostalgic seaside amusements.