Nefyn BeachNefyn, Llŷn Peninsula

Nefyn beach, Llŷn Peninsula, North Wales

The stunningly pretty Porth Nefyn sits on the western side of the headland from Morfa Nefyn and Porthdinllaen. It is equally as pretty, with its fine golden sand and whitewashed cottages on the beach. 

The clear blue sea, pretty cottages and beach huts make it a stunning spot to spend the day. Easily accessed from the town of Nefyn it is a popular, sheltered destination.


The total length of the beach, including that of Morfa Nefyn and Porthdinllaen, is nearly 3 miles in length. However, the headland of Nefyn breaks up the stretch. The fine golden sand and shelter the headland provides make it a great spot for those wanting a relaxing beach day.

The harbour at the western end of the beach is the more sheltered spot and the quaint cottages and beach huts give it an old-world feel. When the tide goes out, the harbour wall is a great spot to go crabbing and beyond the wall around the headland are a great many rockpools to explore. At high tide, this end is the best spot for swimming as it never gets rough. The eastern end of the beach is more exposed as it is out of the shelter of the headland.

At a glance
  • The harbour end of the beach is very pretty and great for swimming, crabbing, rock pooling and exploring and so children love it.

  • The views in both directions are phenomenal, with Yr Eifl group of mountains to the east and over the headland down to Porthdinllaen to the west.

  • Nefyn itself was a significant herring port and to this day has “Three Herrings” on its coat of arms which is proudly displayed throughout the town.

  • There is plenty of parking in two car parks. One in Nefyn itself and the other at Morfa Nefyn.

Beach info

Beach type

Sandy with a pebbly foreshore.


There are public toilets halfway down the hill from the car park to the beach along with a cafe and shop in the car park. There is limited parking here for about 20 cars.

Dog Restrictions

Yes. Restrictions apply west of the car park from April 1st to September 30th.


There is limited parking available in the town of Nefyn and close to the beach itself. There is a large National Trust Car Park at Morfa Nefyn that can accommodate many more cars. On a busy summer’s day head there using the postcode LL53 6DA.


There is a slipway down onto the beach for those with pushchairs or wheelchairs. 

Top tips
Flora & Fauna
Weather & tide

There is occasionally surf off the main beach towards the eastern end.


The harbour is virtually dry at low tide and is mainly the home of fishing boats rather than pleasure craft.


The most sheltered spot is at the harbour end in the shadow of the headland.


Local fishermen rate the beach as a great spot for bass off the shoreline at high tide. Fun can be had for the less “serious” fishermen and little ones off the harbour wall at high tide. Crabs caught off the harbour wall make great bait for catching wrasse when the tide comes in.


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