Built over a period of fifty years on the coast of North Wales from 1926 by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, Portmeirion serves as a demonstration of how architecture can be used to enhance and harmonise with its environment. The overriding style of the village is italianate, but examples of other styles and periods are plentiful.

During the day Portmeirion is open to tourists and day visitors who may walk around the village and sample its shops and cafes. Come evening, Portmeirion becomes the exclusive domain of the guests staying in either the main hotel building, or any of the self-catering and serviced cottages. It really is a special and magical place.