Pwllheli means 'salt-water pool' and is the main market town and unofficial capital of the Llyn Peninsula.This coastal town is located at the entrance to the peninsula, which is itself protected as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Pwllheli is the ideal location from which to explore this northwest corner of Wales, where Welsh is still widely spoken. The Llyn's Coastal Path is 91 miles long, extending from nearby Porthmadog to Caernarfon on the north coast of the peninsula. This path forms part of the new Wales Coastal Path, 870 miles which runs round the entire Welsh coast.
Shopping & The Town
Pwllheli's popular open-air market on Wednesdays and Sundays (in Summer) is held in the square (Y Maes) and is always busy. The town is full of character with its narrow streets which have many independent shops, boutiques, traditional pubs, cafes and restaurants, as well as award-winning fish and chips, traditional Welsh ice-cream and seaside rock. There are the obligatory souvenirs, buckets and spades etc., as well as major supermarkets for those who prefer to self-cater. There is a cinema in the town as well as a local leisure centre with a swimming pool for when the weather is not so good.
Pwllheli harbour also has a long history; wines from the continent were imported through here and the coast was a haven for smugglers and pirates. As recently as the last century it was one of the main fishing and ship-building centres in North Wales with nearly 30 ships in production at the same time. Today, Pwllheli Marina is thought to be one of the best in Britain and has some 400 berths. It is designated a 'European Centre of Excellence' in sailing and also the venue for a number of national as well as international sailing and water-sports events.
Pwllheli's beaches are mainly south facing and have been awarded the prestigious European Blue Flag Award. Glan y Mor beach is sandy and sheltered near the marina. South beach is mainly shingle and pebble and stretches the length of the attractive promenade with a play area and skate park nearby.www.pwllheli.org.uk