Conway to Portmeirion, Wales: where mountains and sea collide

Why go there?

In the northwest corner of Wales, skirt Snowdonia’s peaks visiting picturesque waterside towns such as Conway and Caernarfon, and explore wild shorelines on the remote Llyn Peninsular. The climax is glimpsing the unique ‘Italian’ fantasy village of Portmeirion, hidden among the wooded slopes of a winding river estuary.

What to do

Drivers will unearth a magnificent sequence of ancient castles and dramatic seascapes. See the Menai Strait and the landmark bridge to Anglesey, the whitewashed fishermen’s cottages and empty sandy beaches of Llyn, and cheery traditional seaside resorts such as Bangor and Pwllheli. And keep spotting Snowdon’s summit overlooking everything.

Conway to Portmeirion, Wales

Where to stay and eat

Choose between luxury country house hotels such as Plas Dinas (double room from £120) or boutique guesthouses like Abersoch’s Venetia (double room from £80 per night). The two-rosette restaurant at Seiont Manor near Caernarfon is a smart spot for lunch (two courses from £12.95) or try acclaimed pub grub at Caernarfon’s Black Boy Inn.

The route