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Outrageously beautiful village in Wales that will make you think you’re in Italy

The time has come again – kids are back to school, school runs fill our mornings and we try to get our breakfasts down before work starts.

With our hectic schedules getting back underway, it can be very easy to burn ourselves out.

Therefore, if you need a short vacation that provides the luxury of making you feel like you’re abroad even though you’re not, we’ve got you covered.

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It may be quite inconvenient right now to book some flights and fly to another country, so one beautiful village you can travel to that’s not too far, is Portmeirion.

Situated in the North of Wales, Portmeirion is a tourist village that is owned by a charity called Ymddiriedolaeth Clough Williams-Ellis Foundation.

Portmeirion was built From 1925 To 1976 By Clough Williams-Ellis

Sir Clough Williams-Ellis started designing and and building the village from 1925.

The Welsh architect made sure convey beauty by creating it in the style of an Italian village.

Outrageously beautiful village in Wales that will make you think you're in Italy

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Portmeirion’s tropical gardens, colourful buildings and scenic greenery is certainly a picturesque location.

Many TV shows and films have been filmed here – to name a few, The Green Helmet in 1961, Doctor Who in 1976 and Top Gear in 1987.

Outrageously beautiful village in Wales that will make you think you're in Italy
Portmeirion is located on the estuary of the River Dwyryd

But Portmeirion is best known for being the filming location for drama The Prisoner in 1966 and 1967.

Apart from its striking appearance, there are many things to do in the village.

You can visit Central Piazza – an ornamental garden with a giant chess statue, the Gothic Pavilion, take a walk in the woodland, The Gwyllt, or enjoy some rest by the sea at the Quayside.

The village is also known for its pottery. In 1960, Sir Cough William-Ellis’s daughter Susan Williams-Ellis founded Portmeirion Pottery.

Outrageously beautiful village in Wales that will make you think you're in Italy
Portmeirion, Gwynedd, North Wales

It was founded so souvenirs could be placed in the Portmeirion Village shop.

Guests are also spoilt for choice when it comes to places to eat at Portmeirion.

Restaurants and cafes in the village consist of The Hotel Portmeirion, Castell Deudraeth, Caffi Glas, The Town Hall, Caffi’r Sgwâr and Caff’r Angel.

Despite the tourist attraction’s looks and many things to do, only one person has given the village five out of five stars on TripAdvisor.

The user wrote: “We have always wanted to visit Portmeirion ever since the days of The Prisoner, & at last did a visit. We booked beforehand for 10.30am & walked there from Porthmadog a bit of an undertaking.

Outrageously beautiful village in Wales that will make you think you're in Italy
One of the many stunning views in Portmeirion

“It was well worth it we went straight in the buildings & grounds were lovely very Italian not too crowded in the morning even on a Saturday.

“There was a wedding party there & certain places restricted but nothing important. There was also a lovely coastal & woodland walk there which we also enjoyed spent well over 2 hours having a stroll round well worth a visit.

“I would though advise to go in the morning as it was getting quite full when we left.”

A second person who gave the village four out of five stars, said: “Totally stunning Suite in the Village – can’t fault it – or the 100% cleanliness and comfort. I believe they have invested during lockdown and enhanced the rooms and village as it was just gorgeous.

“Why then are we not giving this a 5 Star Review? We had no recognition from anyone despite me informing them it was a special day. Our wedding was brilliant and a real fairy tale day but was super super expensive!”

The person continued: “The Restaurant was a nightmare for me – the staff were ill informed about my allergies and I was shunned by 3 waiting staff who seemed miffed and scared off by my allergies and didn’t return to our table.”

Another visitor commented: “Beautiful but rather overpriced. Stayed nearby and thought it would be a great place to visit. As we were camping we were up early we arrived at opening time. Unfortunately we found it difficult to find somewhere for breakfast and only cake and coffee was available.

“It was a nice day so we started on the walks around the area which were lovely. If visiting on a nice day I’d recommend taking a bathing suit. The architecture was wonderful and made for lovely photos.”

If you would like to explore Portmeirion for yourself, you can travel from London by taking a 4 hr 59 minute drive via M40.

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