In the south of Wales, after passing Cardiff is this small charming town where you will find the local people friendly and hospitable. A former meeting place for merchants, ranchers and farmers who met in a medieval market, there are nice pubs (Real Ale Pub) where one can enjoy several pints of Welsh ale. We went there on Christmas eve so the atmosphere of this small town was amazing. An ideal place to spend a few days and disconnect for a while.
In North Wales lies this spot, certainly one of the most unusual I have ever visited. It is called Porteirion, and it is a village that was created between 1925 and 1975 by the Welsh architect Sir Clough William Ellis, who bought the land, the sea, in a kind of estuary, and literally created his own town, just as he desired it. With a neo-Italian Renaissance style, the colors and motifs, Portmeirion, came from an architectural visit to the Italian city of Portofino. But if we look closely we can find oriental elements as well as British influence, mostly in Victorian style. The whole village is now a huge museum, with a number of hotels and shops, very expensive. The effect is strange, because you can feel the personality of its creator in the whole town, which does not lack detail. The town features a theater, central square, churches, harbor and much more. It is A sort of town or ideal world in the style of Peter Pan and his 'Neverland' (translated as Neverland irregularly). Highly recommended visits to the North Wales area.
The house at No. 6 is a very low, round building, so low that to get inside you have to bend almost double. It's famous for being the home of the protagonist of the futuristic British TV series "The Prisoner" back in the 60's. The inside is almost bare, though, as the interior shots were filmed in a studio in London. But all outdoor shots in the series were filmed here in Portmeirion. In north Wales, between lush forests and a river estuary, this entire village is the work of the architect St Clough Williams-Ellis, who devoted much of his life to building it. The eclectic mix of styles has to be seen to be believed, with everything from Italian to Cote d'Azur to Asian influences. Fourteen cottages are available to be rented as accommodation, although they are expensive, around 500 euros a week. There is also a 4* hotel available for visitors.
This is one of my favorites in the UK, it is the beautiful and interesting, but it is not very frequented by tourists, mainly due to ignorance and lack of information and it is a rather relaxing location. On this visit we went to Holyhead, the largest town in this peninsula and it is known for three things: The old church, the port (to 1.40 h. The port of Dublin) and a lighthouse (quite spectacular). The town is pretty and it shows that its major source of income comes from the sea and the harbor, we can see modern details such as a pedestrian bridge to the urban part . The church, beautifully preserved from the fourth century, stands historically and is the first educational institution in Anglesey (mid eighteenth century), and makes an interesting contrast with the rest of the town. It is outside the lighthouse, in front of the sea, surrounded by cliffs and offering beautiful views for those who venture to visit nearby. Holyhead are one of those places where one can get lost or at least have the feeling that you can and highly recommended place to escape and enjoy the scenery, activities and other goodies that North Wales offers. You will love the visit and enjoy all the scenery that it has to offer.
Beaumaris Castle is famous, at least in Wales, but the people talk about it very little, even in official guides. This is why we were quite surprised when we found a colorful and most welcoming seaside town. It is located on the north coast of Anglesey, close to the junction with the main island. The characteristic houses are painted in different colors and create a rather curious polychromy for visitors. This is a common factor in the Hebrides of Scotland. It is supposed to be an ancient tradition, according to which each family's house was painted a color that a sailor could see on his return by sea. The Medieval church is another place to take into account during a visit to this area. The locals are very friendly/helpful and our impression of the people was even better than the one we already had. The number of tourists and travelers visiting was minimal (but it may be higher in summer). Beaumaris, a town with a French name but with strong Welsh personality.
Durin my stay of 3 months in Wales I used to go through the village with the longest name in the world: Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. Often abbreviated to Llanfair PG or Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, it's in north Wales, on the island of Anglesey. The town is a bit in the middle of nowhere and has good communication, but many tourists go just to say they have been. The men on the train did not stop to ask for a ticket to Llanfair PG; must say the full name. Once in the village, there is little to see, we went to the town square to take a picture to sign and seal the passport. There was a music festival that made the wait more enjoyable before getting the train back. I leave the real name (1), the approximate pronunciation (2) and the meaning of the name (3). (1) Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. (2) HLAN-vair-puhl-güin-guihl-go-gue-ra-juern-drob-uhl-HLAN-ti-si-lio-go-go-goch. (3) The church of St. Mary in the hollow of white hazel near a rapid whirlpool, and the church of San Tisilo near the red cave. [Advise checking twice the train itineraries because, in Wales, there are several to Llanfair and were waiting at the station for about 2 hours due to the confusion.]
This North Wales town has the charm and elegance of a seaside town straight out of the Victorian era. The seafront and pier add to this atmosphere, with old-fashioned music played continuously. Llandudno is a popular resort for the British, who often come here for their holidays.
Conwy is a small town in North Wales, with a castle that has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The winding cobbled streets lead you to the castle, to souvenir shops, or one of the stranger local attractions: the smallest house in Britain, which can be visited, but only by a few people at a time!