OS Grid ref:- SH685745
Enjoying a mild climate, Llanfairfechan is a small but popular holiday resort lying on the A55 between Penmaenmawr and Bangor. Its long, sandy beach has received a Green Coastal Flag seaside award, there is also a children's paddling pool and playground complete with picnic areas. Ample free car parking is available at the car park on the promenade or in the town itself. Llanfairfechan boasts one of the largest model boating pools in North Wales and is a popular location with boating and model yacht enthusiasts.
The beach and promenade
The town offers a range of facilities, including amenities for golf, tennis, bowls and croquet. At the eastern end of the promenade stand Victoria Gardens, to the west, a footpath winds along the embankment to Shell Island, the Morfa Madryn and Traeth Lafan Nature Reserves. Traeth Lafan is rich in bird life and an ideal spot to sight a variety of resident and migrating waders. The Nant y Coed Nature Reserve offers woodland and riverside walks and is home to a wide variety of native birds.
A number of attractive walks radiate from the town, the Cob presents a gentle walk by the seashore, while the Terrace Walk to Three Sreams provides panoramic views over the Conway estuary, Puffin Island and across the Menai Strait into Anglesey.
Traeth Lafan Nature Reserve
The Traeth Lafan Nature Reserve covers an area of 9.5 kilometres between Bangor and Llanfairfechan along the north Gwynedd coast at the eastern end of the Menai Strait . The Nature Reserve includes a mix of shoreline habitats, and approximately 2,500 hectares of intertidal sand and mud flats which are exposed at low tide.
A Site of Special Scientific Interest, the mudflats and surrounding lands are important areas for a number of species, especially birds. Curlew and dunlin , are to be sighted, who feed at the waters edge. During the autumn and winter months, the sands are home to the largest known population of moulting great crested grebes in Britain, as well as large flocks of oyster catchers, red breasted mergansers and golden eye.
Much of the site is managed as a Local Nature Reserve along with adjacent marshland and the North Wales Wildlife Trust maintain a small reserve and an observation hide at The Spinnies, adjacent to the site.