Travelling around Porthmadog
Referred to lovingly as ‘Port’ by those that live locally, Porthmadog is a charming coastal town in North West Wales. Sitting in the Eifionydd area of Gwynedd, this is a place filled with maritime history and rich Welsh heritage. An estimated 75% of those that live there speak the language fluently.
Porthmadog has great commuter links both in and out of the area. Arriva buses run services to and from several places nearby, including Caernarfon, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Pwllheli, and many more destinations.
Trains are a big part of the area’s heritage, as Porthmadog is a huge railway hub. In fact, you’ll find three lines in operation, including the Ffestiniog, Welsh Highland Railway and Welsh Heritage Railway.
Head over to the town’s Maritime Museum, where you’ll discover everything there is to know about the port’s rapid growth in the 19th century and the area’s thriving water-based trade.
If you step a little outside the area, there’s a whole host of other things to do. In nearby Pwllheli, you’ll find stunning beaches, including the town’s Marian y De beach, which has gained a European Blue Flag Award. Then there’s Portmeirion. Located just three short miles away on a rugged cliff, this unique area is the home to an Italianate village. Built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, it gives the impression of a large size in a small space. The reduced scale village was even featured in the television show, The Prisoner.
The area is also great for cyclists, who can follow the Wales Coast Path or the Lon Ardudwy bike route.