Holidays in Snowdonia and Gwynedd Wales, a guide to finding the best holiday in Snowdonia National Park

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Click to zoom into Snowdonia and GwyneddSnowdonia or the Snowdonia National Park is located in the north west of Wales in the counties of Gwynedd and Conwy. The majority of the Park is in Gwynedd with the north eastern section being in the County of Conwy, particularly the beautiful Conwy Valley. The National Park is a diverse area ranging from the snow covered mountains of the Snowdonia Range through the lush green valleys and plains to beautiful coastal resorts with rocky headlands sheltering sandy beaches. Whether you prefer the peace and quiet of a holiday in the mountains or a holiday in a traditional seaside resort you can find it in Snowdonia.
The inland resorts of Betws y Coed, Beddgelert, Llanrwst, Llanberis and Dolgellau cater for climbing holidays, mountain bike holidays, and the more serious walkers. Day trippers are also attracted by the delights of Snowdonia, with many arriving from the seaside holiday resorts of Colwyn Bay, Llandudno, Caernarfon on the north coast, or Barmouth, Harlech, Porthmadog, Aberdyfi, or Criccieth on the west coast.
Click for Waterfall in Snowdonia, Moel SiabodAt Walesdirectory.co.uk we are striving to offer as wide a choice of holidays in Wales and Snowdonia as we can find.  We have recently improved our choice of maps to include Golf Holidays in Wales including Snowdonia, and the general holiday map below shows ancient monuments, castles, golf courses and mountain bike trails in Snowdonia.
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The high lands of central Gwynedd offer fantastic views with mountains, rivers, and tumbling waterfalls in abundance, making the area popular with travelers since Victorian times. But there is more to Gwynedd than just the high mountain landscapes. To the west there is the narrow finger of a plateau with its striking line of extinct volcanoes reaching out into the Irish Sea known as the Lleyn (Llyn) Peninsula. The Lleyn has always been sparsely populated due to its coastline of beautiful yet steep cliffs allowing few safe harbours. From Nefyn and Porth Dinllaen on the north of the Lleyn to Aberdaron near the western most tip you will find it is a spectacularly beautiful area with rocky headlands sheltering sandy beaches set in the clear blue seas of Cardigan Bay and the Irish Sea.
In the south west of Snowdonia, down from the high lands again, to the narrow strip along the coast we have the seaside holiday resorts of Harlech, Barmouth and Aberdyfi. Here we have a different type of holiday Click for Aberdyfi harbour and Estuaryagain. If you like beach holidays you will love this coastline with some of the best beaches in the UK. The coast from Harlech to Barmouth is one long stretch of golden sands with massive sand dunes that the children will love and clear blue seas you can't help but want to swim in. Confirmation of the fantastic beaches is confirmed by the nudist beaches between Shell Island, at Llanbedr, and Dyffryn Ardudwy. The naturists always seem to claim the best, the warmest, and ironically the least exposed beaches!
Barmouth, a little further south, has a beautiful estuary and a traditional harbourside where you can fish for crabs and eat delicious fish and chips on the harbour wall.
It is said that there is no better walk than from Barmouth through to Dolgellau other than from Dolgellau to Barmouth and I can't disagree, the views of the Snowdonia mountains sweeping down to the Mawddach estuary are phenomenal.
Click for Tal y LlynBut then saying that you have only to travel 35 miles to the Dyfi estuary (Aberdyfi) at the southern most tip of the Snowdonia National Park and the views are just as spectacular. No I can't say they are better else I will be contradicting myself, suffice to see they are both beautiful and neither should be missed.
While travelling from Barmouth to Aberdyfi I recommend taking the long way round via the A487 and the B4405 which takes you past the beautiful lake Tal-y-Llyn (shown on the map below Cadair Idris). Although only small this must be one of the most beautiful lakes in Wales. The Tall-y-Llyn Narrow Gauge Steam Railway also runs through this pretty valley travelling from Tywyn on the Cardigan Bay coast through the Dolgoch Falls to Abergynolwyn. (If you like castles then visit Castell y Bere in the neighbouring Dysynni Valley)
Aberdyfi itself has a beautiful setting similar to Barmouth with harbour and estuary, but it is a smaller more sedate town that probably thinks of itself as quite posh.

Enjoy Snowdonia, have a nice holiday !

 

Holiday map of Snowdonia and Gwynedd.
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