If you said to most people in the UK that you were off to the Island of Love then they would probably think you were off to a Greek Island or somewhere in the Mediterranean.
Very few would think of Llanddwyn Island on Angelesey and I would probably never have found it but for someone telling me about it and adding that it was their favourite beach in North Wales.
I can remember the very first time I went on a gorgeous sunny day and I was left feeling that it was a little piece of paradise and wondering why anyone would want to go abroad when there is such a wonderful beach within easy reach. I have a fairly stressful job and just walking barefoot along the beach it just seemed as if I didn’t have a care in the world.
Even on the busiest of days, including Bank Holidays, when the main car park is full then the beach still seems almost deserted. In comparison I hail from Bournemouth and on a Bank Holiday you are lucky if you can see the sand!
The first couple of times I went I never actually made it to the island but rather just walked along the main Newborough beach, just marvelling at the wide expanse and the backdrop of Snowdon but then in January I took my son and we went out to the island and even on a blustery day it still takes my breath away. At first it doesn’t seem anything special but then you discover little bays which wouldn’t be amiss on a Greek Island or perhaps Jersey, which is another favourite place of mine and from where my father’s family originally came from.
Like most people I used the main car park on my first couple of visits but if you don’t mind a short walk then there are plenty of free car parks available.
Why’s it called the Island of Love? Well I’ll let you find that out for yourself, but one thing I can assure you of is that after one visit you will have fallen in love with the place.
If you want to see more photos then go to my Facebook page but to be honest a photograph doesn’t convey the feel of sand between your toes, the sound of the surf, the smell of the sea, the sun glinting on the water, all against the backdrop of Snowdon and a photo doesn’t cause the cares of the world to just slip away. It really is a wonderful place and you have to experience it for yourself!