Although Wales is relatively small in comparison to the rest of the UK, each mile covered in this stunning part of the country will bring visual delights. From rolling and luscious green hills, a rich and diverse history and a dramatic mountain range, to idyllic coves and long stretches of golden sands. Amongst this abundance of natural beauty, there are vibrant cities and enchanting towns which pack the full charm of Wales for all visitors to enjoy!Wales has a huge diversity and mix of both breath-taking landscapes and vibrant and exciting cities.This Guide to Wales help you where to go?
Whether you are looking to escape and unwind in a tranquil location or you want to be immersed in the bustle of an energetic city, when they say, ‘it has it all’, Wales is no underestimation. The main challenge during your visit to the country is deciding where to go; the following visitor’s guide to Wales should assist you with making the decision.
Snowdonia is famed worldwide and when you arrive, you’ll see why! Standing proudly as the tallest mountain in Wales, the snow-covered summits carve a dramatic landscape. The diversity of the scenery encaptivates thousands of visitors each year, with fast flowing waterfalls, mirror-like lakes and ancient woodlands, there is much to be explored.
For many people, when they picture Wales, a historical castle comes to mind, and they wouldn’t be wrong. Wales is often referred to as the ‘castle capital of the world’, and there are over 100 that are still standing or remaining today, some of which date as early as the 10th-century. Conway castle is one of the finest examples of medieval Europe you will see, classed as a World Heritage Site, the imposing structure and enveloping town walls steal the limelight and your eye’s attention from the surrounding mountain range.
Pembrokeshire is a multi-awarding winning part of Wales, renowned for the breath-taking stretches of coastline along its National Park. It is a magnet for nature lovers, walkers and outdoor adventurers. The mighty cliff faces, idyllic coves and historical harbors provide a feast for the eyes and invite you to discover what else this wild and untamed part of Wales has to offer.
Classed at Britain’s smallest city, St David’s is actually no bigger than a large village. The city demonstrates the early adapting Christian heritage of Wales, with a monastery built here in the 6th century, the present cathedral in the 11th and St. David being the patron saint of the country. The area was frequently visited by pilgrims, as two visits to St Davids was equal to a single visit to Rome. The lengthy history remains of times gone by and stunning scenery surrounding the city contribute to a special atmosphere.
The Brecon Beacons covers approximately 520 square miles and within this parameter is a huge diversity of awe-inspiring landscapes. The National Park is home to a wealth of rare flora and fauna, with red kites and red grouse frequently being spotted. There is also an abundance of archaeological fascinations, with over 250 ancient monuments, some of which date as early as prehistoric and Roman times.
Ideally located on the border between England and Wales, Hay on Wye, shortened to ‘Hay’ is a small and enchanting Welsh town that is home to over 20 bookshops! The town is quirky and characterful, with boutiques, farm shops and an array of artisan and locally crafted items for sale.
The Gower Peninsula, at just 19-miles, has a tantalizing mix of countryside and coast. Designated as the first ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in the UK, the peninsula is surrounded the Atlantic Ocean and the Bristol Sea, which on a clear day can be seen panoramically. Cottage providers, such as Quality Cottages, have an array of stunning properties for visitors to stay in while exploring Wales, why not browse the Gower Peninsula holiday cottages and find your dream escape today!
Swansea is a vibrant and exciting city. Whether you are visiting with the intention of hitting the high street and independent shops or you’re keen to sample the nightlife or the array of delicacies and fine foods available, there is something for all tastes and interests. With a theater, regular festivals and specialist markets, street entertainment and much more, visitors will be delighted with all that is on offer!
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Quality Cottages have an extensive range of superb self-catered holiday cottages all over Wales, in some of the most stunning locations in the area. From popular seaside historical towns, secluded and rural locations offering peace and tranquillity, to cottages surrounded by the picturesque rolling hills of the Welsh countryside and much, much more! Your stay in a Quality Cottage in wales will be a holiday that you’ll cherish for many years to come.