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CRICCIETH

The Pearl of Wales on the Shores of Snowdonia

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What to See (round Criccieth) - Borth y Gest

A legend that upsets the history books is attached to this quiet village, for it is said that it was from here that Prince Madog, son of Owain Gwynned, set sail to discover America - more than 300 years before Christopher Columbus.

The village, on the bank of the Glaslyn just below Porthmadog, has a sand-and-pebble beach, with a slipway for boats and a path round the headland to another small cove further downstream. Bathing is safe close inshore, but there are fast currents further out. Trim cottages line the seafront, sheltered by the towering crags of Moel-y-gest and there are splendid views across Traeth Bach to Harlech and the Rhinog mountains.