I’ve wanted to travel to Portmeirion since before I moved to London. I read an article about this fairy-tale land in North Wales, and it sparked my imagination. But 10 years on, I’ve never managed to make the trip. Until now, that is. My great British road trip has taken me to North Wales, and spending 2 days in Portmeirion is at the top of my list.
2 Days in Portmeirion
My boyfriend and I hop in our camper van and drive from Anglesey to Portmeirion on our 5-day road trip in North Wales. As we pull in, I’m so excited I might burst.
The holiday village, which is part Portofino-on-Irish-Sea and part Disney-on-River-Dwyryd, is the dream-come-true of architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis. Built between 1925 and 1975, it’s his magical mix of architectural styles and colors, with a bit of historic hodgepodge peppered throughout.
Partly a reaction against Modernism, partly a way to prove that architectural beauty and commercial success aren’t mutually exclusive, Williams-Ellis developed Portmeirion into a whimsical village for people to stay in, explore, and absorb.
And that’s just how I plan to spend my 2 days in Portmeirion.
Starting with a pink house. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I’ve always wanted to live in a pink house. Portmeirion has delivered, and my boyfriend has gracefully acceded to my wish.
Ensconced in our own personal vie en rose, we start our time in the village by exploring the streets.
Each is lined with buildings in bright hues, and everywhere we go there’s a surprise.
From a giant chess set to a talking tunnel, Portmeirion is a lot like Alice’s Wonderland.
In fact, there’s even a Mad Hatter’s tea party in one of the shop windows.
When we’re not exploring the village, we’re wandering its trails. There are a lot of walking paths around Portmeirion, some leading to beaches, some to viewpoints, and some to lighthouses.
We crisscross the forested landscape, occasionally dipping down to walk along a sandy cove or climbing up to take in the panoramas below.
And when we’re back in Portmeirion, we cocoon ourselves in our pink house. We eat at the cafes and restaurants in the village. We walk around some more to take it all in. We marvel. And by the time we leave I can hardly believe I’ve finally traveled here. It’s been worth the 10-year wait.
How about you? How would you spend 2 days in Portmeirion?