The journey into the scenic surrounds of Penmaenmawr gives visitors a taste of what they can enjoy upon arriving in this historic town. The sea views and mountainous countryside are as memorable as anywhere in Wales, making cottage holidays in Penmaenmawr popular all year round.
The name Penmaenmawr means `great stone hill' and the town has been a quarrying centre since the early 19th century. The history of the place goes back much further, as the wealth of prehistoric remains testify. The Meini Hirion or `Druid's Circle' is one of the finest examples of prehistoric stone circles in Wales and can be reached by a prehistoric trail that runs from Bwlch-y-ddeufaen to Conwy.
Penmaenmawr is made up of the villages of Penmaenan, Pant Yr Afon, Dwygyfylchi and Capelulo, all of which sit along a half-mile strip facing Conwy Bay and the Irish Sea. The south-east tip of Anglesey provides shelter for the bay, making the coastal plain and beaches of Penmaenmawr an attractive place for lovers of tranquil coastline. The pebble beaches and sandy expanses are enjoyed by locals and visitors all year.