Gwynedd is a county in Wales, home to Snowdonia National Park and the beautiful Llyn Peninsula. The Llyn Peninsula is a glorious stretch of Welsh coastline, a protected "Area of Outstanding Beauty", and has several towns and villages along the coastal path that are well worth a visit. Abersoch, the popular and fashionable seaside resort and watersports hub has lots going on; Aberdaron and Llambedrog are both charming fishing villages, the latter with a superb beach. If you can, make a stop off at Porthdinllaen, a picturesque hamlet owned by the National Trust; the beach and village are accessed on foot only. The "capital" of the Llyn coastline, Pwlheli (don't try pronouncing that with a mouthful of Welsh cakes), is a bustling seaside town with shops, a beachfront and a fantastic marina from which you you can take boat trips out to see dolphins, seals and other wildlife. Or keep the kids entertained (and exhausted) at Glasfryn Parc, a huge activity centre which has absolutely bags of different things to try, ranging from go-karting to archery.
Away from the Peninsula is the magnificent Snowdonia National Park. Here lies the highest peak in Wales - Snowden - and it can be climbed safely by most able walkers as long as you choose the right path (there are six different routes), you stick to the path and you keep a check on the weather. Depending on your route, the whole climb should take between 5-7 hours. The other more relaxing option, is a trip on the Snowden Mountain railway, which leaves from Llamberis and takes you right up to the summit, without any need to change out of your heels. Or you could walk one way and train ride down -just make sure you book a ticket.
Having recovered from the climb (or jeered at the climbers blisters from the safety of the railway) then there is lots more to explore in Gwynedd. There are several historical buildings across the county, but the Castles particularly worth a visit are Conway Castle, Caernarfon Castle and Harlech Castle. Or for something completely different, take a journey down to the Llechwedd Mines. This is an extraordinary journey through the old mining Quarries, starting above ground on foot, and ending in a very steep train ride, travelling 500 feet down into the deep mine and through all the subterranean chambers where the miners used to work - in incredibly difficult conditions. It is a fascinating tour.
Gwynedd is a county of beauty, history, mountains, beaches and so much more. You could spend weeks here exploring around this wonderful place; make sure you make Gwynedd and Wales part of your family holiday this year! Not to be missed!
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