If you’re thinking of taking a winter break this year in Porthmadog, or indeed anywhere across North Wales, now is the right time to come and visit.
With the bright, crisp days and the sun shining on the frosty mornings, Christmas lights starting to go up to give a festive feel, and warm and cosy suppers available in our restaurant in Porthmadog, now is a great time to explore everything the area has to offer.
A trip to the shops
You might think that we shut down outside of the tourist season but you’d be wrong, Porthmadog is still a bustling little town, and there’s still lots to do in the area. If you’re a shopper, we have lots of independent shops selling a range of gifts, home wares, cookware, music, books, you name it! Head over now for some Christmas shopping, or wait until after January and come along for the sales!
If it’s a clear sunny day wrap up warm and head to Black Rock Sands beach, where you can find a range of wildlife, take a long walk and feel the wind whip through your hair. It’s a great time of year for kite flying, so bring a kite and watch it soar through the sky. Come back to us afterwards for a hot drink, some warming lunch and to thaw out!
Things to do indoors
If the weather is not so kind, there’s still plenty of indoors things to do that will make your visit memorable. Why not take a trip over to the Anglesey Sea Zoo where you’ll find jellyfish, seahorses and octopuses, learn about marine conservation ,and on a nice day you can take children out into the playground or go outside to see the incredible views of Snowdonia across the shore.
While you’re over on Anglesey, another indoor visitor attraction is the Anglesey Sea Salt Company. Anglesey is famous for its sea salt, and here you can explore the visitor centre, take a tour and even do salt tasting! There’s also a shop where you can buy up their extensive range of flavoured sea salts, or buy a locally sourced gift.
A trip to Portmeirion
Portmeirion is always worth a trip at any time of the year. Nestled into the rock, this unusual Mediterranean style village is an architectural gem. It also plays host to a food and craft fair from December 1st to 3rd so you can wander through the village admiring the views, watch cookery demonstrations, try a range of Welsh culinary delights and there’ll be live music to accompany your visit!
If you visit outside of the food festival period, there’s shops and houses to explore, as well as the beautiful sea views. It’s not far from us so you can easily spend a day or three there!
There’s so much to do in the area, even when the warm days have ended, so we hope you’ll come and visit us soon. We have a range of hotel quality accommodation near Porthmadog and you can book directly through our website.