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Above and below:- Porthmadog © Crown copyright (2013) Visit Wales
Located on the north western side of Wales, Gwynedd is a perfect place to visit. It is mostly located within Snowdonia National Park, and the Snowdonia mountain ranges and Cambrian Coastline. It offers visitors a wide range of attractions from activity programmes to inspirational cultural and historical places to visit.
A harbour town situated on the Glaslyn Estuary, Porthmadog is rich in maritime history and is an excellent base for touring the surrounding area. It has a number craft shops and restaurants. The town was named after W.A. Maddocks whose ambitious "Cob" embankment scheme led to the town's name, which translates as "Madog's Port". In times gone by, it was a vital, busy shipping port for the international slate trade, brought down from Blaenau Ffestiniog. The maritime history depicts its proud past.
Located on the outskirts of Porthmadog, the beach at Blackrock Sands stretches for miles and is a haven for beach games and resting. T. E Lawrence, of Lawrence of Arabia fame lived nearby and the 14th century poet Shelley is reputed to have regularly visited.
This coastal resort offers superb views of Tremadog Bay, sandy beaches, fine restaurants and good accommodation. Criccieth Castle, built by Llewelyn the Great in the l3th Century dominates the skyline and hosts an exhibition reliving Gerald of Wales' journey through Wales. Today the town attracts watersports enthusiasts. It is home to the famous Cadwaladers ice cream first produced in the 1920's.
Right:- Harlech Castle
Wales abounds with magnificent castles. Conwy, Caernarfon and Harlech are
all World Heritage Sites and definitely worth a visit. The sheer power and
presence of Wales' most famous castle, Caernarfon Castle, is still awesome
in today’s world. When first built in the 13th century, it must have
presented an invincible image to the people it dominated.
Activity holidays in Wales
Wales provides stiff
competition for other venues in terms of the number and range of
activities taking place within such a localised area. For an adventure and
activity holiday with wide open spaces and breathtaking scenery then
Snowdonia, Llyn Peninsula and the Cambrian Coast are worth considering.
The activities include walking, cycling, climbing, pony trekking, surfing,
water skiing, canoeing, quad biking, clay pigeon shooting, or abseiling.
The Welsh Language and Culture
Welsh is the first language of over a million people, and in the area of Snowdonia, the Llyn Peninsula and the Cambrian Coast around 70% of the population are Welsh speakers. Welsh is one of the oldest living languages in Europe and shares its roots with Breton, Gaelic and Cornish. The sense of community is very strong and Snowdonia's appeal springs from its unique heritage, culture and language, which touches on everyday life, giving this area a truly distinctive character.
Welsh Highland Railway in Porthmadog
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