Pwllheli means "saltwater pool" and its wonderful south-facing Blue Flag beaches look out across Cardigan Bay and on towards Snowdonia.
Until the last century, Pwllheli was one of the main fishing and shipbuilding industries in North Wales. And as the railway network extended into the Llŷn Peninsula, this coastal town became a place for visitors. The coast around Pwllheli was a haven for smuggling and pirates who made good use of the coves and beaches to ply their trade. It is deemed to be the unofficial capital of the Llŷn Peninsula, having been granted the Borough Charter some 600 years ago by Edward, the Black Prince.
There's a good choice of places to eat and drink, along with independent shops, and the square plays host to a twice-weekly open-air market in the summer months. Close to Abersoch and Criccieth, Pwllheli is a great base from which to explore the Llŷn Peninsula.