Harlech is the ideal area for a holiday for people who like a quiet, more relaxed style of holiday, or for those who want to spend their holiday walking in beautiful mountain scenery in rural areas. It is very popular with families and couples and the weather permits a family that might wish to spend the whole holiday on the beach to do so, as the beach is a safe sandy beach with sand that makes ideal sand castles.
You can enjoy walks in the area as well as walks in the bigger mountains of Snowdonia a little further north. Even a walk on the superb golden sandy beach can take a large part of the day if you choose, as it is over 5 miles long. There are gentler walks on lanes and tracks all over the area. Harlech is set between the mountains and the sea so it has something to offer for all abilities and interests. What other holidaymakers would choose to do while there really depends on where their interests lie and I hope the following will give more information.
There are plenty of shops in Harlech and nearby, to get whatever is needed for a successful self -catering holiday. But not everyone wants to cook all the time, so there are also cafes as well as restaurants and pubs in the area that serve delicious food. To name but a few, Plas café, Y Branwen, Harlech Tandoori and Cemlyn, all within walking distance as well as pubs and restaurants in nearby villages along the coast. The area is not a shopper’s paradise but there is a reasonable selection of shops in Porthmadog on a traditional high street.
Harlech castle is a must to visit. This 13th century castle dominates Harlech's skyline. If you want to travel a little further afield, about a 20-minute drive, there is also a castle of a similar age at Criccieth. In the nearby area are slate caverns and preserved railways at Porthmadog - Festiniog and Welsh Highland railways.
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