Wonderful Wales: Michael Ball heads to Anglesey – what to do on the stunning island

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Seen on a boat in the Menai Strait, Michael Ball is headed straight for the Swellies, the treacherous stretch of water between the two bridges that link mainland Wales and the Isle of Anglesey.

Anglesey has something for everyone.

A sea-lover paradise with 125 miles of coastline, the island also boasts a large concentration of ancient sites that will excite history buffs and has plenty of wildlife for the nature enthusiasts.

Visitors can take a boat to Puffin Island for some puffin spotting, visit the bird reserve of South Stack or hike up Parys Mountain on a staycation full of options.

The coastal zone of the island is designated Area of Outstanding Beauty, ensuring that one third of Anglesey is protected.

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Beaches on the island are endless stretch of sand, like Red Wharf Bay, or rugged bays like Porth Dafarch.

Blue Flag beaches are dotted around the island. Popular Benllech is perfect for families while Rhosneigr is the centre of watersports.

Rhosneigr is the winner of the Green Coast seaside award and its long stretch of sand is banked by dunes.

The Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path is a long-distance route that covers 130 miles and officially starts at Saint Cybi’s Church in Holyhead.

Visitors determined to complete the trail will need to set aside approximately 12 days and be prepared to gain a total of 13,695ft.

Most holidaymakers prefer to enjoy small portions of the Coastal Path and to go on day hikes around their area.

The path goes through 20 towns and villages, giving plenty of opportunities to go out for a walk, no matter where visitors are based on the island.

Cycling is also a popular activity on Anglesey, with sections of the Coastal Path accessible to bikes and two of the UK’s nine cycle routes on the island.

On the Menai Bridge, Sosban & The Old Butchers is a Michelin restaurant with only 16 covers and located in an historical Butcher’s Shop.

With a regularly changing seven course tasting menu and opened only from Thursday to Saturday evening, this could be one of the most exciting eateries on the island.

There are plenty of quality accommodation on the island, from boutique B&B like Churchbank Bed and Breakfast in Beaumaris to Chateau Rhianfa, a luxury hotel in a Grade II listed building with views over the Menai Strait and a tennis court.

The main seaside town, Beaumaris, has medieval, Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian architecture.

With views of the Strait and of Snowdonia, the town is a popular stopping point for many tourists.

Beaumaris Castle is a United Nations World Heritage site and dates back to the 13th century.

The Isle of Anglesey is a fantastic starting point to explore the rest of North Wales.

The North Wales Way, one of the three iconic Wales Way routes, follows the old trading route.

A 75-mile trail will take visitors across the Vales of Clwyd and Conwy, the mountains of Snowdonia, the Menai Strait, and of course, the Isle of Anglesey.
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