Dividing Snowdonia from the Isle of Anglesey is The Menai Strait; this stretch of tidal water also offers excellent facilities for many water sports. With the abundance of rivers, the area allows great fishing, with the chance to catch wild salmon, brown trout, graylings, etc. There are many fishing trips available along the coast with the opportunity for some excellent wreck fishing.
When most people think of holidaying in Wales, this area is perhaps one of the first places that come to mind. The epic National Park, the first to be designated in Wales back in 1951, covers an awesome area of 823 square miles, encompassing everything from majestic mountains, rugged cliffs, exciting days at Surf Snowdonia and stunning beaches to rolling hills and gentle valleys. With so much to see and do, every holiday here is guaranteed to be packed full of fabulous experiences and incredible memories.
Dominating the region and visible for miles around, Mount Snowdon is, of course, on everyone’s bucket list. The Llanberis Path is the most popular, and the easiest, of the six main paths up to the summit of Snowdon, and each year, thousands of visitors make the three-hour climb, with many choosing to take a more relaxing option for the downhill part, using the Snowdon Mountain Railway. Whilst Snowdon itself may be the focal point of many walking holidays, the National Park offers so many more excellent walking trails, to suit all levels of fitness and ability.
For thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies, the big draw in this area has to be Zip World. Now with three unique locations, Zip World offers a range of white-knuckle zip wire rides for the whole family. Speed down the wire at 125 mph at Zip World Velocity, at Bethesda, or head to Blaenau Ffestiniog, where you can take to the zip wires underground, in the caverns of a former slate mine. Whichever you choose, Zip World is guaranteed to set your pulse racing and give you a day out to remember.
If all that excitement is too much, the region has plenty of more leisurely activities on offer. With miles of gorgeous coastline to explore, some of it ragged and wild and some of it lined with stunning golden sands, booking great accommodation can be the answer to a relaxing family break as well as an adventure holiday. Barmouth is one of the best-loved beaches, with a brilliant, wide sandy beach and a quaint steam train that ferries people over the estuary. Porthdinllaen and Porth Oer, also known as Whistling Sands, are also fantastic choices, whilst Abersoch and Morfa Bychan are hugely popular for wakeboarding and kitesurfing.
Head inland and you will find a treasure trove of small towns to explore, each with its own unique and charming places to stay. Towns and villages like Beddgelert, Trawsfynydd, Llanberis at the base of Mount Snowdon and Dolgellau, sitting below the imposing Cadair Idris, is a bustling market town with narrow streets filled with historic buildings that hint at an interesting past as a commercial hub for the woolen trade. Porthmadog is an excellent base for exploring, with the steam train running from here to Blaenau-Ffestiniog and the unique Italianate village of Portmeirion just a stone’s throw away. No matter where you head within the National Park, you’re sure to find ideal places to stay as you pass through some charming and friendly places to stop and stay and take in the local atmosphere.
From hideaways in tranquil rural locations that is just metres from the beach, The Snowdonia National Park has so much to offer. Choose one location as a base for exploring, or ‘hop’ from place to place to get a feel for the different areas that make up this fascinating area as a whole - whatever you decide, we’re sure you will fall in love with this magical place.
Browse our list of accommodation and superb places to stay for short breaks and holidays, we offer a vast variety of seafront, mountain, and countryside locations for relaxing and rejuvenating. Snowdonia is not just mountains; the coastal areas are popular too, so if you prefer waves and seawater instead of tumbling rivers, where Snowdonia touches the coast you will find enchanting fishing villages like Aberdovey, holiday resorts like Harlech, Porthmadog, Pwllheli, Aberdaron, and Abersoch, ports, and harbours like Barmouth and Caernarfon from where you can go sailing or book fishing trips, the coastal areas also boast many superb sandy beaches and coves to explore and relax on. Search our superb choice of places to stay and book with confidence.
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