Snowdonia is a phenomenally picturesque area of Wales that attracts visitors every month of the year. The Snowdonia National Park spans over 830 square miles of countryside, hillsides and mountain ranges. It is almost impossible to pinpoint which area of Snowdonia is the “best” or the one that should be visited first, so let's take a look at just a few of the areas (in no particular order) that are popular when staying in hotels in Snowdonia.
Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales, is 3560 feet high. This mountain is an incredibly popular attraction for those fond of walking and hiking, and it’s no wonder with the summit being so visually attractive on a clear day. If walking to the summit isn’t for you then you can access the top via Snowdon Mountain Railway starting in Llanberis (it is advisable to book the railway in advance during peak times of the year).
Also in Llanberis is the Electric Mountain. This is an extremely popular tour that is definitely worth doing. Deep underground is the Dinorwic Underground Power Station that stores hydro-electricity supplied by the reservoir on the mountainside. During periods of low or extremely high electrical usage the power station can be up and running within minutes. The tour is predominantly taken via a bus through wide tunnels, making it ideal for those who may feel anxiety or claustrophobia.
Ogwen Valley has to be seen to be believed. You wouldn’t be wrong to think you had stepped into a location created by Tolkien; however, this landscape is as real as it gets and is a passionate hikers dream. The valley is 1000 feet above sea level and sits between the 3000 foot peaks of the Glyderau and Carneddau mountains.
Only a little bit further along is the quaint village of Betws y Coed. Here you will find a wide range of shops, hotels and traditional pubs that will certainly keep you busy. Betws Y Coed is also home to Swallow Falls; a wonderful waterfall that has two easy-access viewing platforms for those of you who may be keen at photography. Although if you fancy viewing a more significant waterfall with a brisk walk beforehand, then why not visit Aber Falls? Abergwyngregyn is just off the A55 and the falls are just a little bit further still.
There are still a large number of sights to see in Snowdonia that haven’t been touched upon here which, when regarding its popularity, should speak for itself. Hotels in Snowdonia are always full of tourists and holidaymakers exploring the landscapes and really getting involved outdoors.