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Portmeirion (Whitesand Bay)


Portmeirion is a very popular italian-style tourist village built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis. The beach is a 5 minute walk south of the village and can only be easily reached through the village, which means paying the entrance fee. This entrance fee is halved at around 3.15 p.m. (officially 3.30 p.m.). From Portmeirion a good path leads just above the shore to the lighthouse, where there is access to the shore.

The beach is made up mostly of soft sand (which can be difficult to walk on) backed by low wooded cliffs. The sand tends to be firmer at the back of the beach or near the low-tide water line. There are plenty of nooks and crannies along the back of the beaches which make sheltered spots for sunbathing, but there are fast currents here and signs warn against swimming. The sand is mostly covered at high tide.

Portmeirion has good facilities including plenty of car parking, toilets, cafes and shops, and is open from 09.30 a.m. until 7.30 p.m. daily. Dogs are not allowed in the village. The nearest rail station is Minffordd, about 1½ miles away.

Looking towards Porthmadog
Looking towards Porthmadog
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