Snowdonia and North Wales cottages for your 2014 self-catering holiday
Published: Sunday 17th Nov 2013
Written by: The Wales Cottage Holidays Team
Wales Holidays self-catering visitors are spoilt for choice in North Wales cottages! There’s so much to see and do, and with a splendid coastline from Llandudno, along the Lleyn Peninsula and down the North Cambrian Coast to Aberdyfi, coupled with the magnificent scenery of Snowdonia National Park, why look further afield for your self-catering holiday!
The largest seaside resort in Wales, Llandudno beach is 2 miles long and has a fine Victorian promenade. At Colwyn Bay, visit the Welsh Mountain Zoo and Eirias Park. Conwy castle and walled town form part of the magnificent World Heritage Site.
Bangor is one of the smallest cities in Britain and the Cathedral site dates from the C6th. Going back to Roman times, Caernarfon is now best known for magnificent Caernarfon castle, and Llanberis as a base for ascents of Snowdon. Betws-y-Coed is a mecca for outdoor activities with Swallow Falls a mile upstream.
Porthmadog came into existence after The Cob (sea wall) was built in 1811 to reclaim land. Nearby Portmeirion has often served as a film location. To the north is Beddgelert with Gelert’s grave and the Welsh Highland Railway. Criccieth Castle enjoys spectacular vistas over Tremadog Bay and the main market town on the Lleyn Peninsula is Pwllheli. Abersoch for sailing & water sports.
Heading south, Harlech is dominated by Edward’s great Castle, while Barmouth originally grew around shipbuilding before becoming a small resort. Dolgellau is the main market town. Snowdonia National Park Authority maintains three paths up Cadair Idris (893m) and the Mawddach Trail runs for 8 miles along the Mawddach estuary; two RSPB nature reserves. Mountain biking's premier location is at Coed-y-Brenin.
Fairbourne beach is a two mile stretch of sand backed by steep pebble banks; Tywyn has a good beach and promenade and just inland is beautiful Tal-y-llyn. Founded around shipbuilding, Aberdyfi is now best known for its long dune-backed beach, yacht club & Golf Club.
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