I’m not ashamed to admit that I planned my recent visit to Wales around Portmeirion! Portmeirion is a not a typical welsh looking place! It looks as if it came straight out of the pages of a fairytale taking place in an italian village! The photos that follow will give you a good idea about the village and its unique beauty!
This is the entrance to the village after a long walk in the forest:
The first thing you see is a cute little square that makes you wanna have an espresso before you start your walk!
Everywhere you turn, the houses are all so colourful!
The Central Piazza is a popular hangout place, especially on a good day!
And what’s a good day in Italy without a gelato?
I could sit and enjoy my ice cream having this view all day!
Let’s move closer to the waterfront for a nice breeze!
Hold on! This looks like Greece…
But then I turn around me and I see the pretty houses on the hill! I’m still in Italy!
Should I sail in the open sea?
Or just sunbathe by the pool?
Neither! I’ll do it like they do in Italy: I’ll enjoy a meal and a drink at the waterfront, under the beautiful sun!
And after I’m satisfied and happy, I will daydream I own one of those pretty houses!
And this can be my neighbours’ house! Why not?
And we share a water lily pond just because we love Claude Monet and his art!
Sometimes my neighbours and I have a drink in the shade, by this little fountain
Other times I just enjoy my own company and feel grateful to live here!
And a few times a year my friends from England come to visit me and I show them around
Hmmm… Maybe this can be my guest room/house…
And if none of these dreams can come true, then I’ll throw a coin in the fountain of the Central Piazza and just wish I’ll come back soon!
Like they do in Rome…
10 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT PORTMEIRION:
1. Portmeirion is a tourist village in Gwynedd, North Wales. It was designed and built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 and 1975 in the style of an italian village. You can stay, dine, shop, have a spa or even organise your wedding there!
2. Sir Clough Williams-Ellis bought the land and was dreaming of creating a slice of Mediterranean on british soil.
3. Its original name is Aber Iâ. It was changed to Portmeirion: Port because of the coastal location and Meirion from the welsh name of the county in which it was located.
4. The Bristol Colonnade is over 250 years old. It once stood in front of a bathhouse in Bristol, England. But it was destroyed by bombings during WW2 and fell into decay. Years later the Bristol Colonnade was offered to Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, it was deconstructed and carefully rebuilt in its current location!
5. The Unicorn Cottage appears to be a two storey grand building, but it’s just an illusion! The archways don’t really lead anywhere and the first and only floor is actually on the ground!
6. Many windows in the village are actually trompe-l’œil, which is a fancy way to say fake!
7. Portmeirion is, also, very famous as the set of the 1960’s british cult series The Prisoner.
8. The art and culture Festival No6 is held annually in the village.
9. There’s a dog cemetery in the woodlands around Portmeirion!
10. In the woodlands you can also find one of the UK’s coin covered wishing trees! Learn more about this weird tradition here!
If you thought this location is dreamy enough, have a look at this fantastic video from Ted Baker’s 2015 Spring/Summer collection, shot in Portmeirion, and feel the vibe of the gorgeous village! If the photos from Portmeirion weren’t convincing enough, then this video definitely is!