Welcome to Caernarfon
Wedged between the gleaming Menai Strait and Snowdonia's deep-purple hills, Caernarfon's main claim to fame is its magnificent castle, one of the finest and doughtiest of Edward I's martial masterpieces. Given the town's crucial historical importance (it's been a key strategic site since the Roman occupation), its proximity to Snowdonia and its reputation as a centre of Welsh culture (it has a percentage of native speakers as high as anywhere), it's a winningly untouristy destination. It has an air of undemonstrative charm and there's a tangible sense of history in the streets around the castle, especially Palace St, Castle Sq and Hole in the Wall St. Within the cobbled lanes of the old walled town are some fine Georgian buildings, and the waterfront is marching inevitably towards gentrification.