Along the coast there are endless sandy beaches, intriguing rocky coves, dramatic cliff top footpaths, salt-marsh, pine forests and undulating sand dunes. Walkers and cyclists – and horse riders on many sections - can explore the coast via the 125-mile Anglesey Coastal Path.
Further inland you’ll find rolling farmland, virtually traffic-free country lanes and quiet wildlife trails. The Anglesey Rural Cycling Network takes in safe, country lanes and quiet road routes that are suitable for all the family.
However, you like to roll you’ll probably want to make frequent stops to admire the view - much of the island is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Whether you’re looking out to the wilds of the Irish Sea or back to the dramatic peaks of Snowdonia and the Lleyn Peninsula you can’t help but feel uplifted and invigorated.
With a range of different habitats, Anglesey is teeming with birds, plants and other wildlife. At the two RSPB reserves on the island, visitors can watch puffins and choughs at the South Stack Cliffs or grebes and goldeneyes at the Valley Wetlands. The Anglesey red squirrel population is now the largest in Wales, and the island is home to a variety of orchids, best seen in late spring on the dunes in Newborough Forest.
The island also has a fascinating geology, with some ancient rock formations that were old before Snowdonia even existed! There are regular geology and wildlife walks throughout the year when you can learn more about the island’s unique environment in the company of an expert local guide.
Anglesey has a greater concentration of prehistoric sites than anywhere else in Wales, many of which are as old as the pyramids. Ancient hut circles, druid burial chambers and standing stones pepper the landscape.
You’ll also find ancient copper mines, roundhouses, medieval castle walls, lighthouses and windmills, including the only working windmill in Wales. You can sample the wares of Llynnon Mill, close to Cemaes Bay, in its lovely tearoom, or take home a bag of organic stoneground flour to bake some real Anglesey bread of your own.
You could pack a picnic and hit the beach for some rock pooling, sandcastling or to indulge in any number of water sports, or play golf on some of the most beautiful fairways in the UK. You can go on a sea safari at the Anglesey Sea Zoo, where experts will tell you all about Anglesey’s extraordinary marine life. Or discover exotic butterflies, birds and meerkats at the Pili Palas where the little ones can also enjoy bouncy castles and a great outdoor playing area.
Regular farmers markets and food festivals celebrate the quality and diversity of Anglesey’s local produce – from locally reared meat, vegetables straight from the field, organic mushrooms, freshly baked bread and the most delicious fresh-from-the-water seafood caught along the Anglesey coastline.
Other highlights for visitors include the beautiful Georgian town of Beaumaris, where you can visit the medieval castle and the old gaol and courthouse. Plas Newydd Country House and Gardens are home to some great art – including a Rex Whistler masterpiece – as well as themed activities throughout the year. And there’s an ever-changing programme of art exhibitions at the excellent Oriel Mon Gallery in Llangefni.
With its stunning mountain views, beautiful coastline, and clean, unspoilt environment it’s no wonder that so many visitors come to Anglesey to enjoy the outdoors. Everybody who visits Anglesey has a favourite beach, a well-loved walk or some special corner that calls them back, and once you have been you will long to return.
Don't forget, as a Menai Holiday's customer you can take advantage of discounts at many of the island’s attractions, as well as at a number of local restaurants and shops using our Holiday Treats Card.