Betws-y-Coed, the ‘Gateway to Snowdonia’ in Gwynnedd, is perhaps Wales’ most popular inland resort and lies at a confluence of rivers making for some truly outstanding scenery, so take time to seek out a suitable holiday house with a view. There are plenty of cottages from which to choose. Deep in the valley in the Snowdonia National Park there is a plethora of outdoor activities to be had such as treks and hikes and cycling along the network of footpaths and forest floors. Go searching for ancient bridges and awesome waterfalls and lose yourself among the natural beauty and blossoming wildlife that surrounds the town.
The main town has narrow cobbled streets with pubs and cafes lining the pavements. Many of the shops specialize in outdoor clothing and high-quality gear to make your holiday in the great outdoors absolutely perfect. The cuisine is typically Welsh but with slightly refined edges – organic local meat and home grown vegetables. Being in such a rural location you can be sure that the food will be as fresh and natural as the atmosphere. A holiday in Betws-y-Coed isn't complete without an ascent of Snowdon, the highest mountain in England and Wales. Serious walkers can manage the journey on foot, but for the less physically inclined, then catch the ancient rack and pinion Victorian train to the summit.