Wales is jam-packed full of lovely villages, pretty coastal areas and bustling high streets picked out by travel writers and journalists. But we wanted to know where you, the people who know and love this country, held close to your hearts and thought was the most beautiful town or village in Wales.

Many of you voted in our poll, and bar a few jokers who have probably never got off the M4 to look for anywhere decent aside of the services, there was a lot of love for valley villages and their community spirit, mountain walks up some of our stunning peaks and quirky fishing villages.

We've picked out the ones with the most votes - sorry, Splott and Tremorfa fans, we love your flea markets and Star Centre too but you're Cardiff neighbourhoods - and you've definitely got good taste. Included are places all across Wales, some at the coast and some tucked away in our most gorgeous of inland natural beauty. Read on to find out where.

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The idyllic seaside town of Tenby, Pembrokeshire
The idyllic seaside town of Tenby, Pembrokeshire

No surprise here, Tenby is one of our most popular seaside towns and visitors love to go back again and again. With golden sandy beaches, a picture-perfect pastel harbour and plenty of pubs, restaurants and shops the Pembrokeshire holiday town is a place we'll never tire of going to.


Mumbles Pier is iconic

The gateway to the Gower, long gone is the infamous 'Mumbles Mile' a lot of us have partaken in and instead is a bustling village of bars, restaurants, coffee shops and ice cream parlours making it an attractive destination for families, walkers and holidaymakers. It's still a fun place to spend a weekend or pop for a stroll. You can also visit the 125 year-old pier which is currently host to the big wheel and you'll see some cracking views. Look over to your left and you'll see Swansea laid out in all its glory, the other way, Mumbles lighthouse is on display.


The town is known for its popular annual food festival

Recently pinpointed by The Sunday Times as the best place to live in Wales, the Monmouthshire town of Abergavenny is beloved for its annual food festival and its plum spot nestled on the edge of Bannau Brycheiniog National Park. If walking's your thing the town is surrounded the Skirrid, the Blorenge and the Sugar Loaf. If taking it easy and eating is more for you, there's the sublime Angel Hotel in the centre of town, delicious eating spot, The Gaff and the casual, but delicious Art Shop and Chapel.

Merthyr Mawr

Field with trees
One of the green spaces in Merthyr Mawr

Home to Forest Feastival streetfood event and Between the Trees music event, the location of a beautiful nature reserve and the hamlet of thatched houses all rented out by the Merthyr Mawr Estate, the tiny Bridgend county village is really like stepping into a fairytale. A picture postcard destination and if you live there, you're very lucky.


Portmeirion was rated as the best place in Wales to pick up some fish and chips.

The Italianate village on the northwest coast isn't a stranger to being dubbed "most beautiful" but this time it's not data from an online bingo website or the like, but readers of WalesOnline who have given it the title. Built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis between 1926 and 1976, it's his dream of a Mediterranean-style village in North Wales - and is nestled in the woods above the Dwyryd Estuary, but instantly recognisable thanks to the coloured facades and ornate rooftops. Portmeirion has two hotels and a selection of self-catering cottages as well as many places to eat and a spa.

St Davids

St David's Cathedral is a popular visitor attraction
St David's Cathedral is a popular visitor attraction

Britain's smallest city, which is found in Pembrokeshire, that has been a place of pilgrimage for centuries. As well as being a bustling place to explore, full of independent shops and eateries, it is close to some of Wales' most gorgeous beaches, including Whitesands which is just two miles away.

Newport, Pembrokeshire

The main street through Newport

Flanked by mountains including the brooding Mynydd Carningli, and sitting on an estuary and two beaches, this small seaside village has a bustling high street too, packed with pubs, shops and castle. The village itself, divided by the A487 road to Fishguard port, has two distinct parts: the cluster of shops in the centre around the castle and the church and the original maritime part down the Parrog.


Bridge at Betws-y-Coed, Snowdonia, Wales

Found at the gateway of Eryri, Betws is one of our most famous 'chocolate box' villages and you seem to love it too. With its huddle of dark stone and slate houses and gentle river flanked by lush greenery the village is a stunning place to stay and explore, whether by visiting the the Conwy Valley Railway Museum or pub hopping for a cosy day indoors.


The stone bridge over the Glaslyn river in Beddgelert

Famous for the story of Prince Llewelyn and his hound, Gelert, the picturesque stone-built village of Beddgelert is another picture-perfect village in Eryri and is dotted with old stone cottages and quaint shops and surrounded by mountains.