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Inextricably linked to Morfa Nefyn, is the village of Porthdinllaen, an eighteenth century fishing village, a cluster of houses and a waterside pub, nestled at the base of its own narrow headland and protected by the National Trust.
Porthdinllaen’s raison d’etre is the deep water moorings in the bay, which form a natural harbour, sheltered from the prevailing winds. In the days of sailboats, this natural harbour was ideally placed for trading and ships came from afar to anchor in the bay, to load and unload their cargoes.
Literally situated on the beach, this picture postcard village is only approachable by foot; across the sands from Morfa Nefyn, or by crossing the golf course on the headland. Any effort exerted, is amply rewarded however, with the magnificent views across the bay towards the Yr Eifl hills and the simple pleasure of just being in this idyllic paradise.
The beautiful beach is popular and safe for bathers, boaters and sun worshippers and the headland and cliffs make an excellent excuse to exercise those limbs. Just along the headland is the superbly situated, Porthdinllaen Lifeboat Station, saving lives on this stretch of coastline since 1864. As well as the lovely views across the bay, the headland is also a fine vantage point to view the local seal colony, whose home is the Carreg Ddu rock, just off the peninsula’s tip.
The village makes an ideal stop for a picnic, or a pint in the pub, or just to relax and soak in the special atmosphere. Porthdinllaen really is as pretty as a picture and well worth spending a little time here to appreciate this village’s remarkable location.