The Best Place To Retire In Wales

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Moelfre is a great place to retire
Tucked away on the Isle of Anglesey on the north coast of Wales, Moelfre attracts and keeps elderly folk.

In fact, in the Calor Village of the Year competition, Moelfre took the prize for being the best place to retire in Wales.

Formerly a thriving fishing village, Moelfre has become better known for the way it accommodates seniors. With just over 1000 residents, Moelfre has a population definitely tilted to the upper age bracket. Seventy-give per cent of its citizens are seniors.

So what makes this village so amenable to the elderly?
  • Well, the seaside landscape appeals to many.
  • In 2003, it won the small village category in the Wales in Bloom competition.
  • A small community where people know each other makes for a sense of security.
  • The Moelfre Community Project not only sees to the provision of activities for the elderly in the school, but also makes sure those with mobility issues are accomodated.

Even if you don't want to retire to Moelfre, you can visit.

You could take the train to Bangor or Llanfairpwlgwyngyll, or you could drive. Moelfre is only about 5 minutes from the A5025.

This quiet area boasts beautiful beaches, often with only a few people in view.

In town, visit the bakery or one of the village's pubs. Gift shops offer unique souvenirs.

Or you may choose to join the other tourists who come to visit the Royal National Lifeboat Institution station, which is open most days of the year. The lifeboat station reminds visitors of Moelfre's nautical past -- a past that includes sea battles and sunken ships. Even today, during a storm, ships take refuge in the harbor.

If bird-watching interests you, you'll enjoy the coromorants, shags, great black backed gulls, herring gulls, oystercatchers, redshanks, terns, robins, blue tits, chaffinch, barn owls, house martins, kestrels, and others.

Bottle-nosed dolphins and seals play in the local water while butterflies cover the countryside.

Moelfre means bare hill. And it does rise above the sea on a hillock. But it has become much more than a bare hill. It has become a Welsh treasure.