Harlech is a seaside resort and small town on the Cardigan Bay coastline in Gwynedd, West Wales. Nestling in the foothills of Snowdonia the town sits on the edge of the Bay of Cardigan looking westward toward the Llyn peninsula. Harlech is renowned for it's medieval fortress, Harlech Castle, built by the English King Edward 1 in the 13th century in his attempt to subdue the rebellious Welsh. The castle dominates the small town and is visible for miles around standing sentinel over Cardigan Bay. After almost a thousand years, the sea has abandoned the Castle and has left it stranded high and dry on its rocky promontory almost a mile from the present shoreline.
The stone cottages of Harlech old town sit on the hill clustered behind the castle. They straddle the “old road” the B4573 that weaves its way up the steep hill and on through the village centre before rejoining the A496 coast road on the outskirts of the village.
Many travellers by pass the village centre on the A496 coast road, but I strongly recommend a visit to this charming old town. However, leave the car behind and take a stroll through the narrow streets to appreciate its true character. ....
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