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by Dhanya Nair (subscribe)
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Published May 3rd 2013
Not just another holiday
Conwy, Wales

"Croeso I conwy," a bright blue board told us. And before we knew, we were scrambling for the dictionary. But thankfully, just next to it the English board said "Welcome to Conwy."
Yes, Welcome to Conwy.

An ancient walled market town on the north coast of Wales, this quaint little town is famous for its medieval Edwardian castle, nostalgia tinged houses and a place where the old Welsh language is still spoken -- sometimes casually, sometimes officially but always with pride.

Located in the narrow cobbled pathways of the city, Conwy Castle is a place of ancient delight. Easily the centre point of the town, everything else surrounds this giant of a castle. It was home to King Edward 1 between 1283 and 1289 and was built during England's second campaign in the North Wales.

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Conwy Caste


A place that will instantly transfer you to a bygone era, the castle is a resolute, dark stoned fortress that lends an authentic medieval charm. A World heritage project, the castle's massive defensive wall still stands tall and proud. The castle remains unwithered by the passage of time giving you stunning views of the mountains and the sea. As you step out, the town comes tantalizingly alive. Walk its paths and discover its many niche shops with nothing but the waves from the nearby coastal pier giving you company.

Llandudno

From Conwy, drive to the nearby Llandudno. Wales is a city for drivers. As your vehicle whizzes, your eyes are treated to beautiful rugged mountains, almost whimsical houses and vast green plains with schools of sheep.

Just half-an-hour drive from Conwy, Llandudno is a seaside resort. Llandudno, is a place where fictional heroine Alice from Alice of Wonderland, holidayed during her summer vacations. It is famous for its Pier, Bay and the Happy Valley.

Our first stop was the Pier, a spectacle designed in gothic style. It is made of cast iron, brackets of lacework in iron with a pretty balustrade and mouth extending to the beautiful blue waters of the sea, the Pier seduces your senses right away.

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Llandudno beckons


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The famous Pier


We take the popular rope way to explore the area. As the ropeway starts, at a breathtaking height, the beautiful view of North Wales--the sea and the captivating Snowdon Mountains—captures your attention completely whilst the town of Llandudno becomes a mere dot in the vastness of the stunning coastal ground of Wales. It's an opportunity not to be missed.

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A breathtaking view


Llandudno Rope way, View from the Llandudno rope wayShorts breaks in UK, Things to see in Wales, Bank Holiday ideas
Uphill or downhill?


My other favourite spot would be the Bay—it is a gentle sweep between the sea made of rock and sand. The area of the Bay is the Marine Drive; a beautiful long road where the sea accompanies you on one side and the mountains accompany you from the other side.

Llandudno, in a nutshell is this—a place where sea beautifully marries the mountains.

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The beautiful bay


Llandudno, rydych yn wych. Stumped? Llandudno, you are marvellous.
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