Porthmadog is situated in the county of Gwynedd, North Wales. It is a busy little town situated on the Glaslyn Estuary on the edge of both the Snowdonia National Park and the Llyn Peninsula. A short walk to the edge of the town in either direction delivers some of Wales' finest scenery, with both the Glaslyn Estuary and the hills of Snowdonia inviting further exploration.
Most of the town is built upon land reclaimed from the sea by William Madocks, and this led to the town's name, which translates from the Welsh into "Madock's Port.”
There is a wide variety of small, locally owned shops and restaurants in Porthmadog, from bookshops and antique shops to music shops, where you can find almost everything you need. Moreover, there is no shortage of pubs and good restaurants. A stroll down the high street leads to the attractive harbour with boats bobbing on the waters of the Afon Glaslyn. Walk a further half a mile along the Porthmadog cob for some of my favourite Welsh views. The view of the Snowdonia Mountains from the cob is simply tremendous.
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