Little village named the UK’s ‘most beautiful’ that feels like Italy

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The quaint Welsh village of Portmeirion, boasting its unique Italian flavour, has been declared one of the most picturesque towns in the UK. This comes as Time Out released their list of 15 awe-inspiring locations across Britain.

Portmeirion is nestled near Porthmadog in north Wales. Its distinct style can be attributed to the vision of architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis who brought it to life between 1925 and 1975.

Unsurprisingly, it stands as one of Wales’ biggest tourist drawcards, the appeal of which is heightened with remarkable structures and Mediterranean vibe. It is fast becoming one of the UK’s staycation hotspots.

With its latest merit badge awarded by Time Out, local businesses and residents expect an imminent upswing in footfall. Dubbed “something out of a dream” by reviewers, this little piece of paradise shares the spotlight with destinations like Scotland’s Loch Lomond and the Shambles in York.

One reviewer said: “The most beautiful village I’ve ever been to in wales/UK. Felt like I was in Italy it was perfect! Nice caves on the beach to explore.”

A second added: “What an amazing place with its own micro-climate. The buildings are spectacular and the views across the estuary are breath-taking.

“Although it was a wonderful sunny day, being out of season it was not too busy and we were easily able to get seats on the terrace at the cafe for a drink and a bite to eat. Coffee with a great vista. We only visited the Jam shop out of all the shops. Prices were pretty reasonable.”

A third chimed in: “A touch if Italy in Wales. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Portmerion. We had been before, several years ago, but this time it made much more of an impression. We were fortunate enough to have warm sunshine which helped.

“The village itself is designed to look Italian but with special views created at every corner. It is very artificial but still very atmospheric and unique. The colours of the buildings are unlike anything else in Wales. The gardens were carefully tended. There were pots full of colourful tulips at the entrance and round the village.”

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