When it comes to planning your summer vacation, Wales may not be the first place you think of. However, maybe you should reconsider your plans, as the following reasons may make Wales your destination of choice.
Great for days on the beach
You don’t have to jump on a plane to head for sun, sand, and sea, as Wales has plenty to offer. Okay, so the sun isn’t guaranteed, but there are some magnificent beaches on the coastline. TripAdvisor placed Swansea’s Rhossili Bay in the top 10 best beaches in the UK. With 3 miles of golden sand, glorious views and some great surfing opportunities, there is much to admire. You might even catch a glimpse of a dolphin or two, and even the occasional seal basking in the sun. There are great places to stay in Swansea, so there is no excuse not to spend some of your holidays by the sea.
Perfect for exploration
There are many places to explore in Wales, not least Brecon Beacon National Park which contains wonderful waterfalls, beautiful uplands and fabulous wildlife. There are many walks to embark on, as well as activities for those who like a sense of adventure, including potholing, rock climbing, and windsurfing.
For those who like the small things in life
Wales may have the largest train station name in the world, great for those who enjoy pronouncing long words, ‘Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysyliogogogoch,’ but it is also home to St David’s Peninsula, Britain’s smallest city. The place is aptly named as it was the final resting place of St David. So while it may be small, there is still much to do, with wildlife boat trips on Ramsey Island, and walking tours of historical significance.
You can also visit Britain’s smallest house, Quay House in Conwy, which has become a popular tourist attraction. Despite being only 1.8 meters high, the place was once owned by a fisherman called Robert Jones, who stood at 6 foot 3 inches! When looking for a place to stay in Wales, your caravan probably has more room than this terraced house.
Places to climb
While there are many places to walk and climb around Wales, hardened climbers would be remiss to avoid Mount Snowdon, the third highest mountain in the UK. Of course, not everybody is cut out for such a lofty expedition, so there is a handy railway to take you to the top. The view from Snowdon was named best in the UK in a 2017 poll, giving a magnificent view of Llyn Llydaw, where King Arthur reputably lost his sword, Excalibur, to the Lady of the Lake.
What goes up…
While there is no quick way to get down from Snowdon, North Wales has become famous for its zip-lines. Exceed speeds of up to 100 mph by visiting one of several adventure areas including Zip World Titan which contains one of the longest zip rides in the world. It may be wise to cut back on your lunch before embarking on one of these exciting ventures, particularly if vertigo is a problem.