Croeso i Gemaes Welcome to Cemaes
… the most northerly village in Wales
… y pentref mwyaf gogleddol yng Nghymru
Cemaes is the most northerly village in Wales.
It has been shaped by the natural resources available to it and lies in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) some of which is owned by the National Trust.
The village includes a sheltered natural harbour that looks north to the Irish Sea and it is a site of ancient settlement that in more recent centuries became a centre of maritime and industrial activities.
Today it is home to around 1,000 people residing in the parish of Llanbadrig.
The picturesque character of Cemaes, with its brightly coloured houses on the High Street, has attracted many holidaymakers, tourists and artists since the Victorian times, responding to the sea & sky as it changes with the weather, awe-inspiring sunsets, the multicolored rocks and sands exposed on the cliffs an beaches as well as the charm of Cemaes village. Those interested in watersports are accommodated in the shelter of the bay as long as they do not endanger others.
Cemaes has two sandy beaches Traeth Mawr (lit. Big Beach) and Traeth Bach (lit. Small Beach) which are separated by a natural stone harbour that looks north to the Irish Sea.
Traeth Mawr has a large expanse of sand at low tide and many rock pools and a cave to discover. The sheltered, gently sloping sandy beach is framed with glorious Pre-Cambrian geology. The Beach Cafe on the main car park serves everything you need for a great day out on the beach. There is good access to beach, a promenade spans the beach with plenty of seating, seasonal dog ban, public toilets, refreshments, car parking. Water skiing, jet skis and speedboats are not allowed close to shore. No dangerous currents.
Traeth Bach, at low tide there is plenty of soft sand and shingle with rocks and a small pier Penrhyn side. At high tide there is a little beach but you can still discover Samson’s Rock which is steeped in village folklore. There is limited parking and a seasonal dog ban.
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