Cemaes Bay – a picturesque Anglesey resort

July 10, 2017
Tim Coysh

Cemaes is a village on the north coast of Anglesey, adjacent to Cemaes Bay. It is reputed to be the most northerly village in Wales, home to a picturesque fishing port, wonderful sandy beaches and magnificent rugged headlands. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty and a haven for wildlife.

Cemaes Bay is a very attractive spot with a pretty little harbour and two beaches that are perfect for all manner of family fun. Whether you are looking to relax and embrace the stunning sunsets and the wonderful scenery or you want a more active holiday there is something for everyone to enjoy at Cemaes. If it is surfing, fishing, diving, sailing, rambling, painting, crabbing, sand castle making, the heritage museum, a maritime museum or a wealth of churches and chapels that you seek, you will find them all at Cemaes.

You will also find a couple of interesting pubs in the village that serve honest food and drink: The Stag Inn serves good pub grub and real ale; The Harbour Bistro offers a more varied menu with an emphasis on seafood – it is a nice place to enjoy a meal or a drink sat outside in the sunshine.

Cemaes Bay harbour welcomes visiting yachts and offers boats for hire for fishing and little trips up and down the coast and around the bay. Cemaes is popular with sailors as an overnight halt during a voyage around the island or as a departure point for a trip through the challenging waters around Carmel Head and West Mouse.

small bay with houses and a harbour in the distance

The stunning 125-mile Anglesey Coastal Path circumnavigates the island and passes through Cemaes. This section around Cemaes Bay really does take your breath away. The path here includes some of the island’s most remote scenery and much of the coastline is owned by the National Trust. Rocky coves merge into steep cliffs that twist and fold all the way to Carmel Head, passing a sea arch and island at Ynys y Fydlyn. A major nature reserve is crossed at Cemlyn before you reach Cemaes.

The route to the east of Cemaes offers one of the most visually stunning sections of the Anglesey Coastal Path. Leaving Cemaes, the Path immediately joins the rocky cliff-tops and takes you on a breathtaking journey past Llanbadrig church, Porth Llanlleiana and Porth Cynfor to arrive at the spectacular bay of Porthwen. Low, rocky cliffs follow, leading into Amlwch Port, made famous for its role in the ‘Copper Kingdom’. The fascinating story of Amlwch and Parys Mountain at the centre of world copper production is told at the Copper Kingdom Centre in Amlwch.

Cemaes Bay has a great deal to offer which is best enjoyed by booking a self-catering holiday cottage with Coastal Holidays such as

Spin Drift – a modern bungalow with wonderful sea views – sleeps 7
Ty Lawr – high quality accommodation on the waterfront in the harbour – sleeps 8

For further details of these and other properties go to and use the ‘Search by Property Name’ facility, email us on [email protected] or ring us on 01248 430190 and we will be glad to help.

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