This weeks “Hidden Gem” goes to stunning Blue Flag – Llandudno Beach. Llandudno lies nestled in a private and peaceful cove, making it one of the most secluded and scenic beaches in Cape Town.
Llandudno, named after the Welsh town of the same name, is nicely hidden by the shadow of mountains above it. With The Twelve Apostles on one side and the Karbonkelberg Mountain sweeping off in the other direction. The beach itself is renowned for its bright white sands and giant boulders, making it popular for sunbathers and sporting activities.
Llandudno is a much quieter beach than the popular Clifton beaches and of course Camps Bay – which is what we think adds to it’s appeal. This is due to the beach being slightly further away from the centre of the city (18km) and does not have shops of any kind. Therefore you really do visit purely for the beach itself. We recommend taking plenty of snacks, drinks and sunscreen to ensure that your trip doesn’t have to be cut short.
Few people actually venture into the sea due to it being so icy cold and it’s strong currents. So it does tend to be a quick splash to cool down rather than an actual swim. Unless you are a confident surfer – then be sure to pack your wetsuit!
How to get there
Coming from the city and never@home you will approach Llandudno by one of Cape Towns most scenic drives along Victoria Road. The 108 or 109 MyCity bus will take you from never@home all the way to the Llandudno stop. With the large bus windows it will make for one of the most scenic bus rides you will ever take, Where’s the catch? Ok, it wouldn’t be a hidden gem if it was that easy to get to right? The Llandudno stop is at the top of a hill, which is of course easy breezy when going down to the beach, it’s getting back up that’s a tad more difficult. However do not let this put you off, we think this stunning beach is worth the exercise, besides you can relax with a beer at our bar The Randy Warthog when you get back.
You may also get to the beach by taxi or car. Please note that you do drive yourself there are only 35 parking spots so we do recommend you leave early to ensure you get a place.
Did you know?
Sandy Bay is just around the corner, which is Cape Town’s only completely nudist beach. If this is not your thing then you can continue your day with a short five minute drive to the village of Hout Bay which is a gorgeous fishing village with plenty of restaurants and tourist attractions.