WALES TRAVEL GUIDE
While less internationally renowned than nearby Scotland and Ireland, Wales is home to some of the most striking landscapes in the UK. Sitting on the southwest shoulder of Great Britain, this country is made up of looming mountains, lush green valleys, gorgeous beaches and over 600 castles.
Popular with visitors for camping, mountain climbing, rugby, varied nightlife and quaint cottages, Wales has something to satisfy everyone.
Southern Valleys and Cardiff
The south of Wales is the home of its capital and cultural heart, Cardiff. This lively port city offers visitors an exciting array of historical hotspots, sporting stadiums, extensive shopping facilities and live music venues, making it the perfect base to explore the surrounding area. Don't miss out on the opportunity to see the country's number one visitor attraction, the Wales Millennium Centre. This thriving arts hub makes up the creative core of the city, staging cutting-edge plays, operas and dance acts.
The area surrounding Cardiff is known as The Valleys, and once formed the industrial heartland of Wales. The beautiful Wye Valley, Caerphilly Castle and the magical Waterfall Country are each a short drive from either Cardiff or the nearby city of Newport. Further explorations will take you to the Glamorgan Heritage Coast, a stunning area of natural beauty right on the doorstep of Cardiff.
Adventures in North Wales
The most northerly region of Wales is dominated by the vast mountainous scenery of Snowdonia National Park. Containing the highest summit in Britain outside the Scottish Highlands, Mount Snowdon is a haven for walkers, scramblers and adventurers.
Further fun can be found exploring coastline of Anglesey, Britain's 5th largest island and one-time home of Prince William and Kate Middleton, where almost the entirety of the coastline has been officially declared an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. North Wales is also home to some of the best preserved medieval fortifications in Europe, such as the World Heritage Conway Castle and Caernarfon Castle.
Welsh Mid Country Greenery
Mid Wales is a largely rural area, which makes it perfect for outdoor activities like cycling, fishing and stargazing as well as adventure sports like paragliding, canyoning, kayaking and mountain biking. The lush national park of Brecon Beacons provides an area of 520 square miles to explore, and also plays host to the popular independent music and arts festival Green Man.
For those seeking a seaside retreat, Ceredigion county is blessed with gorgeous beaches and pretty coastal towns that stretch from the holiday resort of Aberystwyth to Cardigan. Pick a walking route along the 60-mile coastal path and keep your eyes peeled for the population of bottlenose dolphins that live in Cardigan Bay.
Stunning Seascapes and Castles in Wales
Often dubbed the Castle Capital of the World, Wales is home to over 600 fortifications dating as far back as 1067. One of the most spectacular is Conwy Castle. Nestled at the foot of Snowdonia on the north coast, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is considered by many to be the best example of Medieval Fortification in the UK.
Western Wales is the ideal spot for anyone looking to see the seaside, as the county of Pembrokeshire boasts Britain's only coastal national park and the Gower Peninsula offers some of the finest shorelines in the country. Rhossili Bay is Wales' standout sandy spot, and is consistently voted Britain's best beach, attracting surfers, walkers and photographers with its picturesque views, unspoilt bays and secret coves.
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