Snowdonia is a magnificent National Park in North Wales. Home to sandy beaches, waterfalls and towering mountains, this corner of Wales has no shortage of beautiful views. There are miles of remote countryside to explore and it’s dotted with welcoming towns and villages. With so much to see it can be hard to know where to go, but these are some of the best towns to stay in Snowdonia.
The historic market town of Bala is found in a quiet area on the edge of Snowdonia. You will be well placed for mountain forests and Llyn Tegid; the largest natural lake in Wales. From walking to cycling this is a great place to venture out into the great outdoors.
Nestled on the banks of River Wnion, Dolgellau is a welcoming town in Snowdonia. This area is particularly popular for horse riding and mountain biking. There is also a flat traffic-free path which follows an old train route to Barmouth; it is much loved by cyclist and walkers.
Famous for its impressive castle, Harlech is a charming seaside town. Whether you go for the history or the sandy beach, this is a lovely place to stay. The beach is popular for windsurfing but it’s also a great spot for a paddle and an ice-cream with a view.
Surrounded by the Gwydyr Forest Betws-y-Coed is a magical place to stay. With such natural beauty on your doorstep, it is unsurprisingly a popular place for walking and relaxing. You’ll find delicious local produce here as well as a number of independent shops.
Less than a ten-minute walk from Snowdonia, Llanrwst isn’t actually within the National Park but it’s still a wonderful base for a holiday here. It’s a pretty market town filled with independent shops and delicious food. From here you can easily explore Snowdonia’s lakes, forests and mountains.