The Llŷn Peninsula (Welsh: Penrhyn Llŷn) extends 30 miles into the Irish Sea from north west Wales, south west of the Isle of Anglesey. It is part of the modern county and historic region of Gwynedd.
The peninsula enjoys a unique micro climate, benefiting from the gulf stream, bringing warmer weather and warmer waters. It also tends to avoid much of the wetter weather that clings to the mountains of Snowdonia, often basking in sun when clouds and rain dampen the hills in the distance.
Much of the coastline and the ex-volcanic hills are part of the Llŷn Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, confirming the peninsula as one of the most scientifically important in both Wales and Britain.
The south coast of Llyn is often referred to as the Welsh Riviera, with its calm seas and long sandy beaches.
Whereas the north and western coasts are more rugged, with towering cliffs, bays, hidden coves and islands just off-shore.
The beautiful resorts on Llyn include Aberdaron, Abersoch, Criccieth, Nefyn plus many more - whilst the historic larger towns of Pwllheli, Portmadog and Caernarfon offer a wide range of activities, eating out and shopping.
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Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015