In the roaming Welsh hills of the county of Gwynedd lies the popular tourist village of Portmeirion. Designed and built between 1925 and 1975 as the life work of the famed English-born Welsh architect Sir Bertram Clough Williams, Portmeirion, incorporating fragments of old demolished works by other architects, was designed in the style of an italian village.
There was some trouble initially with his design; some claim, repeatedly denied by Williams, that he based his design on the Italian town of Portofino. However Williams stated that “he only wanted to pay tribute to the atmosphere of the Mediterranean”. It must be true that the village lay some claim to the inspiration for Portmeirion however as Williams is known to have said about the place “How should I not have fall for Portofino?”. Regardless of origin, the village can offer visitors a fresh and unexpected Italian experience among the beautiful Welsh countryside.
The village is currently owned by a charitable trust, and as such has all the main trappings of any tourist hot spot. Visitors will find themselves spoilt for choice for venues to stay with local hotels and even self catering cottages available.
Day visits can either be booked in advance, or paid by admission on the day, so if in the area do not miss a chance to see North Wales top tourist attraction, Portmeirion!