Snowdonia (or in Welsh, Eryri, which means Eagle's Nest) is a protected national park in North Wales. It is known for its spectacular mountain ranges and it is a popular destination for tourists. The English name is derived from the highest mountain in Wales -- Snowdon, which is more than a thousand meters high.
Snowdonia National Park comprises more than two thousand kilometers and is the third-largest park in the United Kingdom. It was pronounced a park in the early fifties and was the first of the three Welsh National Parks and the third in England and Wales. Unlike national parks in other countries, Snowdonia National Park has nearly seventy-percent private ownership. In the park live about twenty-six thousand people. They live mainly in the countryside, which consists mainly of mountains and open spaces, yet, there are agricultural parts. The park attracts millions of visitors, making it the third-most popular national park in England and Wales. It is a great place to visit and the best time for that is in the summer and in the autumn.
There are various Snowdonia hostels, which are located in different towns in the region. The largest number of Snowdonia hostels is concentrated in Caernarfon and Porthmadog but you can also get a Snowdonia hostel in places such as Nant Gwynant, Nant Peris, and Rhyd Ddu. That makes Snowdonia hostels very close to different parts of the Snowdonia Natural Park. Since the park is quite large, it is advisable that you see more of it and the variety of Snowdonia hostels gives you the unique chance to visit more of Snowdonia. Most hostels in Snowdonia are very good, with great facilities and moderate prices. Some Snowdonia hostels offer more extreme conditions such as eco-buildings with no electricity, which is great for some travelers, but definitely not the choice for people who prefer city comfort.
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