Porthmadog, known locally as "Port" is a bustling coastal town, with plenty of shops and places to eat.
It has a strong cultural heritage, being the home of the Ffestiniog Railway, and with the fantasy Italianate village of Portmeirion, where The Prisoner was filmed, lying close by.
If you like your Golf then this area offers a fantastic variety of options, with some of Wales’ most renowned golf courses lying close by, including Royal St. David near Harlech. Porthmadog course is also well worth playing and trips out to the peninsula (to play Pwllheli, Nefyn and Abersoch) offer the fantastic combination of great golf with stunning scenery.
The iconic landmark in Porthmadog is of course the Cob. It was built between 1805-1814 by William Alexander Madocks, a wealthy landowner. The Cob is one mile long and was built to reclaim agricultural land from the sea and helped create the Porthmadog harbour; thus enabling ships to transport slate from Blaenau Ffestiniog to the far corners of the world.
Just over a mile south of Porthmadog is the beautiful village of Borth-y-Gest. Situated on the edge of the River Glaslyn the village retains much of its victorian charm with its neat rows of victorian houses leading down to the sheltered sandy bay, featuring a horseshoe shaped promenade of brightly coloured houses.
Situated on the hillside above Borth-y-Gest is Parc-y-Borth Nature Reserve. Roughly 15 hectares in size, it features both oak woodland and wildflower meadows. Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Tawny owls and Pied Flycatchers (summer visitor) can be seen here. The reserve has a network of paths leading to the top of the hill, with views across the Glaslyn and Dwyryd estuaries and also round south to west past Harlech and Criccieth castles, and to the Llŷn Peninsula beyond.
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