Wales' biggest seaside resort straddles a flat peninsula, with long sandy beaches on either side. The twin humps of ancient mountains, the Great Orme and Little Orme, loom over the graceful Victorian wedding-cake architecture of the seafront buildings that line the sweeping 2-mile prom for half its length. Developed as an upmarket holiday town, Llandudno still retains much of its 19th-century grandeur today. Innumerable B&Bs and small private hotels cater to mainly mature-aged travellers in the low season, while young families descend with their buckets and spades in summer.
Alongside the lost-in-time charms of the British seaside (pier, promenade, Punch and Judy shows), Llandudno's main attraction is the near-wilderness of the Great Orme on its doorstep. Old-school tram and cable-car rides head to the summit of this striking limestone headland where there are breathtaking views of the Snowdonia range and miles of trails to explore.
A very tenuous link to Alice In Wonderland (Alice Liddell, the real inspiration for Lewis Carroll's fictional Alice, used to holiday here with her family) has seen statues of the characters sprout around the town, along with gift shops full of Alice memorabilia.