by Menai Holidays
Porthmadog or “Porth” should be added to your bucket list of places to visit in North Wales. A Porthmadog holiday cottage is the perfect base to explore the stunning Snowdonia National Park and all it has to offer, from mountains and forests, to lakes and caverns. Located on the beautiful wide expanse that is the Glaslyn Estuary, and dominated on one side by Moel y Gest, it is a great place to spend a weekend or week-long cottage break whatever the time of year.
When holidaying with the family or as part of a group, there will invariably be a mix of interests, which is why Porthmadog should be high on your list. It offers something for everyone.
A three day break could include everything from cake and scones in a pretty tearoom, right through to zip wires, rock climbing and white water rafting (as I learnt on my hen do!). I learnt a lot that weekend, including the fact that Porthmadog, whilst maintaining its Welsh heritage and culture, also offers some fantastic places to stay.
Porthmadog is a bustling town, full of individual shops and places to eat and its community includes the nearby villages of Tremadog, Borth y Gest and Morfa Bychan. In this once great seaport, rich in maritime history and the home of the Ffestiniog Railway, you are ideally placed for visiting all of the main tourist attractions of Snowdonia, with the added bonus of award-winning beaches on your doorstep. Jump on a train at either end of the town, enjoy the mountain scenery and talk “steam trains” and Thomas the Tank Engine to other enthusiasts. The High Street has an abundance of great independent stores and boutiques to keep the most avid shopper happy. However, my favourite thing about Porthmadog is that it is perfectly located for enjoying something a little more active!
The more adventurous amongst you could head inland to Bounce Below. Ride the little train 100m underground into the old mine and you’ll find amazing trampoline netting, slides and see through walkways suspended in the caving system for your bouncing pleasure! It’s an absolutely unique and fantastic experience for over 7s.
For those of you wanting something more extreme, Zip World Velocity is the largest zip line system in Europe, zipping you over 8km of countryside at up to 70mph! Get active and out there and if you are feeling a little heavy after two many mince pies in the run up to Christmas, there is plenty going on within 10 miles of Porthmadog to get your heart racing. My personal favourite is the White Water Rafting experience. I can honestly say that this was one of the most hilarious afternoons I have ever spent in a wet suit!
No not the six nations……but a rather beautiful Italiante village. Portmeirion was designed and built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 and 1975 on a wooded hillside looking out across the Afon Dwyryd. Whilst Portmeirion was perhaps his most famous creation, the garden’s at his former home, Plas Brondanw are perhaps even more beautiful and equally justifiable of a short drive from Porthmadog. Both provide the perfect spot for some post-adventure relaxation, escapism, great food and more of that fantastic scenery.
To find a self-catering holiday cottage in the Porthmadog area for your next North Wales’ holiday, click here.
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