This former slate town is the gateway to Snowdonia and a great base from which to explore North Wales. Porthmadog is located in the north west of Wales, mainly within the boundaries of the Snowdonia National Park. A charming town with a maritime as well as an industrial past, visitors can explore some of Wales' wildest countryside from here, as well as hear Welsh spoken as a first language in the pubs and shops of the town.
In times gone by, the town was an important export centre for the local slate trade. The slate was transported from the mines to the town by rail from Blaenau Ffestiniog, and the town thrived on this trade during the 19th century. Visitors to Porthmadod holiday rentals can still travel on the Blaenau Ffestiniog railway, one of three narrow gauge railways in the area, and visit Lechwedd Slate Caverns. This is now a museum which explores the lives of the miners and explains how the industry worked. Also within easy distance for anyone staying in Porthmadog holiday cottages is Penrhyndeudraeth, just a few miles to the south east. This is home to the famous Portmeirion, a village built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis which fans of the TV series 'The Prisoner' will be very familiar with. The cult 1960s series, starring Patrick McGoohan, was filmed here. A truly unique place, the village is situated on its own private peninsula, and has a 70-acre garden to explore.
Porthmadog Cottage Rentals - get an authentic taste of Wales
There are some superb beaches in the area, and plenty of opportunities to enjoy water sports such as windsurfing. Just two miles from the town of Porthmadog is Black Rock Sands. This very wide sandy beach is especially popular with wind surfers and kite buggy users. Access to the beach is very easy as it is possible to drive straight onto the sands. One of the main attractions for anyone staying in Porthmadog holiday rentals though is the town's proximity to Snowdonia. Mount. Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales, towers majestically over the surrounding area, and some of Britain's finest hiking trails are located in the National Park. Visitors can also see the largest natural lake in Wales, and explore picturesque villages.
Staying in Porthmadog holiday rentals really gives visitors an authentic taste of pure Wales. From the language heard in the streets and the imposing presence of Snowdon, to the industrial heritage of the slate mines and the shipping industry, visitors really see a detailed snapshot of the very best that the country offers. If you're a nature lover and you're interested in another naturally beautiful location, a bit further afield, look no further than Czech Republic Holiday Rentals for your next holiday.