6 Instagrammable Spots That’ll Make You Think You’re Somewhere Else in Europe

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When Taking a Break in Wales Feels Like You’re On Holiday in Europe – What More Could You Need?

Unbeatable views. Local heritage. Endless mountains to master and boundless shores to roam. When you have access to the beautiful North Welsh landscape, what reason do you have to go abroad?

With passport worries, Covid-19 guidelines to follow, airport delays and cancellations hitting the media in the past few weeks, we say why go abroad to Europe when you can get the best of the best right here in our homeland?

In the year of the ‘staycation,’ here at Lyons we’re keen to remind you of the wonders on your doorstep. And before you say “holidaying at home just isn’t the same as going abroad,” we already know. Holidaying in Wales is better. 

We wanted to highlight how spending time in North Wales will make you think you’re on holiday. Maybe even in Europe with some of these beautiful Instagram finds! Read on to discover some of the region’s most valued gems – both on and off the ‘gram.

1) Pen-Y-Pass or The Italian Alps?

@Melgarside snapped this wonderful winter shot in Snowdonia…

But we think it looks like Champoluc, a small ski resort in the Italian Valle D’Aosta Alps!

2) Portmeirion or the Amalfi Coast?

The tiny Italian-style village situation in Gwynedd is abundant with colour and life.

Doesn’t Portmeirion resemble the Italian village it was inspired upon?!

3) Menai Bridge or Budapest?

The giant crossway from the mainland to Anglesey was completed in 1826

…and is only a decade and a half older than the Széchenyi Chain Bridge in Budapest.

4) Caernarfon or southern Europe?

Caernarfon Bay is a great spot for fishing…

and so too is Portofino on the south coast of Italy

5) Llyn Padarn or Norway?

Can’t a-fjord to travel to Oslo? Don’t worry, Llyn Padarn in Snowdonia is a better alternative!


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either option seems chilly to us….


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6) Conwy Or Carcassonne?

Both were constructed centuries ago to create walled regions for their people. The first is in Conwy, the most northern county in mainland Wales…

And the other medieval fortress is proudly situated in Cité de Carcassonne, in the Occittanie region of southern France.


These are our favourite places, how lucky we are! Do you know anywhere else in Wales which could pass for a place in Europe? Comment below and share your local and worldly knowledge with others.

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A group of Zebras is called a Dazzle, and ZeZe certainly Dazzles with her hip dance moves and rocking smusic taste

The latest member of the Beach Buddies is ZeZe! After Leo, Milo and Hetty enjoyed the delights of Mombasa Beach and the Chalbi desert on their backpacking trip through Kenya, they made a friend in ZeZe, the sassy, rockin’ and dazzling Zebra. ZeZe has a natural flair for playing any instrument available to her and she loves writing songs for her friends. Much to the delight of Hetty who loves a boogie.

You can catch ZeZe at ZeZe’s Eco Fashion, Beach Buddy Pap Call, Beach Buddy Showtime and ZeZe’s Birthday Party. Check the events calendar for more details.

Milo loves to tell jokes… “Why did the monkey take its banana to the doctors? It wasn’t peeling good.”

A cheeky-chappie who loves to joke, Milo is enthusiastic about EVERYTHING! You will often see Milo bounding around park, full of energy. Milo absolutely loves all things bananas; Banana bread, banana
cookies, banana milk! Milo’s favourite dance move is the “banana split!”, letting his creativity shine when he’s rapping and dancing, Milo loves joining Hetty in making up new, cool moves. The laughter never stops when Milo is around with his funny jokes, friendly pranks and infectious chuckle! Milo’s good-nature and zest for
life, means you just want to be around him all the time.

You can catch Milo at Milo’s Make a Mess, Beach Buddy Pap Call, Beach Buddy Showtime and Milo’s Birthday Party. Check your parks event calendar for more details!

Cool and smart, Leo is definitely, the “mane” man!

Full of energy, Leo is a probably the coolest guy you’ll ever meet and he loves making new friends! You will often find Leo socialising with all his friends and hosting the best parties. Keeping active is Leo’s favourite way to spend his time! Leo will try any sport or activity from playing basketball and football to archery, becoming a master of them all! Smart, logical and grounded, Leo leads his Buddies, always thinking of games and exciting activities. You can’t help but smile when Leo is around.

You can catch Leo at Leo’s Sports Day, Beach Buddy Pap Call, Beach Buddy Showtime and Leo’s Birthday Party.

Hetty always says, “I’m gonna hippo-pot-a-miss you!” When it's time to say goodbye

The quietest of all her friends with a big imagination, Hetty always has the most fantastical, creative ideas and believes that all dreams can come true! Hetty can often be found dancing around park and making up new moves with Milo for her friends to join in all her dances. Hetty loves all things colourful and covered in sparkles, her favourite colour is pink… all shades of pink! Baby pink, bubble-gum pink, flamingo… She loves them all! Kind-hearted and loveable, Hetty loves to meet new friends and giving them all a big hippo hug. You can’t help but feel all warm and fuzzy when you meet Hetty.

Come and see Hetty at Hetty’s Sensory Play, Beach Buddy Showtime, Beach Buddy Pap Call and Hetty’s Birthday Party. Check your parks event calendar for more details.