Abersoch

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On a fine day with the sun shining, the sea glittering and yachts moored in the bay, it is easy to see why this area has been dubbed The Welsh Riviera. A picturesque harbour, several sandy beaches and a flourishing village, make Abersoch an excellent and popular choice for the discerning visitor.

Blessed with a natural harbour at the mouth of the River Soch, perfectly located in calm waters and sheltered from the prevailing winds by its positioning, Abersoch was once a thriving fishing village. In recent history, drawn by the same attributes, Abersoch has become a focus for lovers of water sports. Sailors, surfers, windsurfers, water-skiers, bathers and sun worshippers, have all been attracted by the natural charms of the area, making it popular with the in-crowd. The alluring village of Abersoch has adjusted well to the changes, catering to the needs of visitors, yet still retaining its character.

Abersoch Main Beach is a popular sandy beach, facing east and backed by sand-dunes. In the bay bathers share the waters with sailing and motor boats. Windsurfing is also a popular pastime. Bathing is considered safe due to a boat exclusion zone. On the horizon are the small St Tudwal’s Islands, where access is restricted; though pleasure boat-trips, around the islands and to view the resident seal colony, may be taken.

Harbour Beach sits both sides of the River Soch, a small sandy stretch, popular with families. The southern shore lies close to the village centre, whilst the northern shore, at low tide, connects to Warren Beach, a fine long stretch of sand. The far end of this stretch, towards Llanbedrog head, is known as Quarry Beach.

Die hard surfers head for the beaches around the headland, Porth Ceiriad, or the south-west facing, Porth Neigwl, also known as Hells Mouth.

The village itself has a good choice of shops, restaurants, bars and accommodation providers. Water sports enthusiasts are particularly well looked after, with boat shops, chandlers and surf shops. As night time approaches, Abersoch can be quite lively, the focus being on the bars and restaurants, giving an almost cosmopolitan feeling to the evening air.

Visitors to Abersoch often return again and again, taking every opportunity and any excuse to revisit, many considering it their second home. Some come for the beaches, others for the water sports, some like to idle and take in the unique atmosphere, others use it as a base for exploring the Lleyn Peninsula, or further afield in Gwynedd. Whatever the reason for visiting, Abersoch is gaining a reputation for being a must-see destination and fast becoming a year-round resort.

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