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When it comes to planning UK holidays, there is a list of countless beautiful villages and cities that have plenty to offer to visitors.

However, not many are as atypical as Portmeirion in Wales, which has been said to resemble one of the many famous Italian coastal destinations like Portofino.

Constructed by Welsh architect Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 and 1973, this village has captivated locals and tourists alike with its unique features.

From intricately painted pastel buildings to sprawling gardens and majestic fountains evoking regal opulence, Portmeirion offers a storybook experience.

Notable spots in Portmeirion include the Central Piazza, which boasts a fountain pool and Gothic Pavilion, and fans of “The Prisoner” TV series may recognise The Round House as Number 6’s fictional residence.

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Highlights also include the historic Hercules Hall, numerous cafes and shops, and for an authentic “in Italy” experience, a gelateria serving homemade gelato alongside teas, coffees, and snacks.

Those desiring more time to soak in the sights can enjoy the Hotel Portmeirion’s luxurious rooms, upscale restaurant, and charming tea room.

For day-trippers seeking accommodation nearby, TripAdvisor offers a helpful guide to the closest hotels, with stays starting from £69 per night on Kayak.

Visitors can easily spend a day exploring the village, with popular spots like Clifftop & Chantry Row, offering breathtaking views of the nearby Estuary.

The village also features two main paths leading into Y Gwyllt Woodlands, perfect for those seeking a leisurely walk amidst nature.

Portmeirion website states: “Featuring 70 acres of woodland and 20 miles of walking paths, the Woodland is home to hidden treasures including the Dog Cemetery, Ghost Garden, Tangle Wood and the Chinese Lake.

“Guests can enjoy a breath-taking view of the village and estuary from the Gazebo, designed by Susan Williams-Ellis to mark the centenary of Clough’s birthday”.

One visitor reviewed their trip, saying: “We enjoyed our visit there. Very clean with good and ample toilet facilities. An oddity but why not? The views are spectacular and we enjoyed the woodland walk too. Steep so not so good for the infirm.”

Another added: “Such a beautiful unique place. There is an app you can download there which gives you information on the buildings. It’s hilly but worth the walk. Well worth a visit.”

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