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 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.
Black Rock Sands: Nearly 2 miles long, with golden soft sand and shallow waters, Black Rock Sands has become a favourite with visitors for beach activities. You can park your car right on the beach for a charge of £5 (at high season). Having the car park on the beach makes it a popular picnic destination and provides easy access for those with mobility problems. Dogs are allowed on the eastern and western sections of the beach.
Type of beach: Golden sand - Blue Flag
Postcode: LL49 9YB
- Moorings Bistro: Ivy Terrace, Borth-y-Gest, LL49 9TS. 01766 513500.
Moorings Bistro is a MUST VISIT. Set in the beautiful Borth-y-Gest overlooking the bay. From 'Roasted Duck' to 'Moules Marinière' to 'Rib-eye Welsh Black Beef''; whatever you choose you are in for a treat. It is no wonder they constantly achieve 5 Star rating. They are closed on Wednesdays.
- Golden Fleece Inn: Market Square Tremadog, Gwynedd, LL49 9RB.
Tel: 01766512421 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday roasts every week from 12-4pm and the menu is altered each week.
- The Grapevine Bistro: 152 High St, Porthmadog LL49 9NU. 01766 514230
Restaurant bistro. Can get very busy in August.