Welcome to the enchanting landscapes of North Wales! If you’re seeking a memorable getaway filled with stunning scenery, rich history, and charming villages, this 4-day itinerary is tailor-made for you. Get ready to explore the best of Porthmadog, Barmouth, Bala, Bethesda, and more as we take you on a journey through the wonders of Eryri.
Day 1: Explore Porthmadog and Portmeirion
Start your day by exploring Porthmadog. Take a leisurely stroll along Porthmadog Harbour and visit the Porthmadog Maritime Museum. For a unique experience, hop on the Welsh Highland Heritage Railways train and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Eryri. In the afternoon, head to Portmeirion, a picturesque tourist village where Wales meets Italy, designed by architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis.
Breakfast & Café suggestions in Porthmadog:
- The Big Rock Café
- Spooner’s Grill
Lunch & Dinner suggestions in Porthmadog:
- Y Sgwar, Tremadog
- Tafarn Pencai
- Yr Hen Fecws Restaurant
Portmeirion offers two restaurants, but prebooking is essential. There are also cafes on-site, but please note that their availability may vary.
Day 2: Explore Barmouth and Aberdyfi
If you’re up for a challenge, head to Barmouth and embark on the 4-mile Panorama Walk. For a more relaxed day, take a stroll across Barmouth Bridge and explore the beach and harbor. In the afternoon, visit Aberdyfi Beach and enjoy the breathtaking sunset views from Penhelig Parc Gardens overlooking the River Dyfi.
Breakfast & Café suggestions in Barmouth:
- Morrays Café Bar
- The Davy Jones Locker
- Milk Bar
Lunch & Dinner suggestions in Aberdyfi:
- The Bear of Amsterdam
- Penhelig Arms Hotel
Day 3: Explore Bala and Blaenau Ffestiniog
Start your day in Bala, a historic market town situated in the Welsh Lake District. Visit Llyn Tegid (Bala Lake), a stunning freshwater lake, and take in the serene surroundings of Caerau Gardens. Alternatively, hire a boat from Bala Adventure and Watersports Centre and explore Llyn Tegid. In the afternoon, head to Blaenau Ffestiniog, an old slate mining town surrounded by the natural beauty of Wales. Adventure enthusiasts can try the mountain bike trails at Antur Stiniog or visit Zip World Llechwedd for an exciting underground adventure in the Llechwedd Slate Caverns.
Breakfast & Café suggestions in Bala:
- Cyfnod Café Bistro
- Ty Coffi
Lunch & Dinner suggestions in Blaenau Ffestiniog:
- Caffi Kiki
- Chwarelwr Quarryman Bar & Grill
- Burrito Blasus
Day 4: Explore Bethesda & Llanberis
Start your morning in Bethesda with a moderate walk in Cwm Idwal National Nature Reserve. If you’re looking for more adventure, try the Lon Las Ogwen (Ogwen Trail). Afterward, travel to Llanberis to embark on a hike up Snowdon, the highest peak in Wales and England. Llanberis also offers other attractions, including the National Slate Museum, the Blade of Giants for a photo opportunity, and the ruins of Dolbadarn Castle overlooking Llyn Padarn.
Breakfast & Café suggestions in Bethesda:
- Fitzpatricks Café
- Caffi Seren
- Caffi Coed-y-Brenin
Lunch & Dinner suggestions in Llanberis:
- The Peak Restaurant
- Gallt y Glyn
- 1085 Bistro