Mon. May 23rd, 2022

It sounds like the Italian Riviera – elegant buildings painted in pastel colors located on a green hillside overlooking the quiet blue water.

In fact, this is a beautiful place you can find right here in the UK, about two and a half hours drive away from Manchester.

The village of Portmeirion is located on the edge of Snowdonia National Park in North Wales, a hidden gem when it comes to destinations by the sea.

With colorful buildings and beautiful gardens, the village is full of visual delights and architectural details reminiscent of France, Spain and Italy.

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Portmeirion was built for the purpose as a tourist attraction and was conceived by the Welsh architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, who bought the land in 1925. In 1976 the village was completed.

It is now owned by the charity Ymddiriedolaeth Clough Williams-Ellis and the plot is now a designated protected area.

Portmeirion is home to colorful buildings

Visitors have to pay to enter (£ 8 for adults, children aged 0-15 are free) and the village is open from 9.30am to 5.30pm daily. The cafés are open from 10.00 to kl. 17.00.

Those with specific reservations at Castell Deudraeth Brasserie or The Hotel Portmeirion can access the village for free, as can people staying at the self-catering hotels or cottages.

What can you do in Portmeirion?

Statue at Portmeirion
Watch out for quirky details like classic statues

The best way to enjoy Portmeirion is to take a walk around the buildings and enjoy its unique charm.

In the middle you will find the main piazza, which even has a giant chessboard among the sloping buildings.

The Bristol Colonnade nods to classical architecture and there are palm trees that add to the exotic feel.

Battery Square is a colorful area with shop and café, complete with outdoor seating for the alfresco experience.

Where to live and how to get there?

Portmeirion is known for its architecture

Hotel Portmeirion is located on the waterfront and even has a heated outdoor pool, while Castell Deudraeth is a Gothic-style hotel. There are also self-catering cottages.

Outside the village there are plenty of accommodation options in Porthmadog and the surrounding area.

Portmeirion is easily reached by car and parking is available, or travel by train to Minffordd, which is one kilometer away from the village and can be traveled by bus.

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