When you think of Wales, what do you think of? Does Saint David, the Patron Saint of Wales come to mind? or perhaps images of daffodils, leeks, or the Prince of Wales’s feathers adorning a Welsh rugby kit are what you remember. All these things are an important part of the fabric that makes up this part of the UK, but if you pay a visit, you’ll soon discover there’s a lot more to Wales than its national sport or emblem.
Wales is a great place to visit if you love being outdoors, and you don’t have to go far to find some stunning scenery. You could choose to explore the Welsh coastline, which is dotted with 45 Blue Flag Beaches, including Oxwich Bay, which is often dubbed the ‘most beautiful beach in the UK’. Other beaches worth checking out include Swansea Bay and The Mumbles, Cardigan Bay, Llandudno North Shore, and a large number of beaches on the Isle of Anglesey, including Newborough Beach and Church Bay. Many visitors head to the beaches for the surfing, and there are surf spots suitable for all abilities. Beginners could head to Borth (Mid-Wales) or Llangennith (Gower), while intermediates will be well served at Hells Mouth (Porth Neigwl) and Langland Bay (Gower). Experts haven’t been forgotten either, with hotspots at Freshwater West and White Sands, along the Pembrokshire Coast.
There are also 3 National Parks within Welsh boundaries; you’ll find Snowdonia in the North, Pembrokeshire Coast in the West, and the Brecon Beacons in Mid-Wales. Each area has plenty to do, whether you’re looking for adventure sports, a family day out, or a wildlife spotting excursion. Click through the pages on this site and you can find out more about climbing Snowdon, and all the other attractions in Snowdonia National Park, along with the sport of coasteering, which you can try out along the Pembrokeshire Coast. That just leaves the Brecon Beacons. This National Park is home to the traditional Black Mountains Breakfast, the perfect way to start the day, and set you up for any number of activities or excursions in the Park. You could take the Elidir Trail and view waterfalls, or walk some of the renowned Brecons Way. There are also plenty of bridle paths for pony trekkers, opportunities to try out caving, and if you travel to the West you can spot Red Kites, just one of the bird species inhabiting the Brecon Beacons. Brecon itself also has a regular farmers market packed full of local produce, and a cathedral steeped in history.
If you’re not into sports, walking, or nature trails, then you could check out the nightlife in Cardiff, explore one of the large number of castles across Wales, book tickets to watch a sporting event or concert, visit a craft centre or art gallery, or even take the family on holiday to a Welsh farm, and collect your own eggs for breakfast. The possibilities are just as endless as the accommodation, which ranges from camping and self-catering cottages to luxury hotels.
Some of our favourite things to do in Wales have been covered on the rest of this website, and there’s plenty of advice and information available through Visit Wales, or specific destination websites. You can choose to relax in elegant Victorian seaside resorts like Llandudno, sleep off the party at boutique hotels in Cardiff, or explore the countryside from luxury boltholes near Hay-on-Wye or windblown lighthouses on the Pembrokeshire coast. Whatever kind of accommodation you want you can be sure to find it in Wales.