Caenarfon Castle was built on the southern end of the Menai Strait which separates North Wales and Anglesey. The construction of the castle began in 1283 and today is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During Edward I’s invasions of Wales, its location was a strategic stronghold in the region. It is also the castle in which Prince Charles was invested as Prince of Wales in 1969.
Crossing the Menai Strait we did a short drive around part the Isle of Anglesey.
The surprise of our days travel was driving into Llandudno back on the mainland. With it’s sweeping waterfront promenade this seaside resort town has long sandy beaches and a pier, the nearby wilderness of the Great Orme has views inland to Snowdonia National Park.
The waterfront buildings are all B&B’s and boutique hotels offering upmarket holiday accommodation all year around. I don’t think we saw a private residence on the Main Street.
We had driven this way to see Rhos On Sea and the huge wind farm off the coast. The huge ocean wind farm has 160 wind turbines of 150 metres (490 ft) tip height above mean sea level and is the fourth largest operating offshore wind farm in the world. The offshore substation is also visable from Rhos on Sea and is capable of providing power to 30% of homes in Wales.
Love that lighthouse!