Welcome to the land of green valleys, majestic mountains, rolling hills and dramatic coastlines. With national parks, areas of outstanding natural beauty, castles, beaches and bays there’s so much to see. It really is a truly inspiring place and one with so much on offer that it’s hard to summarise it in a few words. Therefore, it’s probably best you just go see and explore it all yourself!
Wales is a fantastic location for a family holiday and especially those who like it fun filled with activities and site seeing. With three national parks, five areas of outstanding natural beauty and 750 miles of coastline at your disposal there’s some amazing scenery out there waiting for you. With pretty much every kind of outdoor activity on offer it’ll be hard to choose not only what but where to do it! As it’s quite a large and diverse area to cover (and will therefore need a few holidays to see it all!) it’s easiest to break it down in to the four main geographical areas; north, mid, west and south.
North Wales is dominated by Snowdonia National Park and the beautiful coastline, including the pretty Isle of Anglesey. With hills leading down to the sea there really is some spectacular scenery to see. With highlights in the area obviously being Mount Snowden, with its new visitor centre at the top and Snowden Mountain Railway to help get you there even if you don’t fancy the climb. Of course if walking is your thing then there are plenty of challenging and rewarding walks and hikes within the park itself. On the coast there are numerous small towns and villages with that charming holiday seaside feel, Llandudno is a Victorian seaside resort and has maintained its historical feel over the years.
Mid Wales highlights include the Brecon Beacons, a place which inspired Dylan Thomas to write some of his greatest poetry. With caves and waterfalls there are again some great walks in the area but it’s also an excellent place for mountain biking. Included in this area is also the Ceredigion Coastline and Cardigan Bay, this location being an important place for bottlenose dolphins where they can be seen on a boat trip out in the bay.
West Wales includes the only coastal national park in the UK covering the Pembrokeshire coast. It’s an important wildlife habitat and environmental area and is certainly worth a visit. If you like rock pooling, surfing, sailing or even swimming then this coastline is a beautiful place in which to do it. West Wales is also home to Swansea, situated along the waterfront this is Wales’ second city. From exploring the city sites and all the cultural aspects there are some excellent coastal villages, such as Mumbles located nearby. The Gower Peninsular has some award winning beaches and is another excellent location for seaside and waterborne fun.
Last, but by no means least, is south Wales. Home to Cardiff, Wales’ capital city, with its castle and excellent museums, restaurants and shops, it is a great city to explore. The south Wales coastline is renowned for its excellent surfing and family friendly surf schools are located in both Caswell Bay and Rhossili Bay. South Wales is also home to ‘the valleys’, this landscape was formally dominated by the mining industry, whilst the majority of this has succumbed to time the National Coal Museum in Blaenafon enables you to experience what it was like to go down the pits and learn about this dangerous industry. If castles are more your thing then you will not be disappointed in the Wye Valley, it has the most castles per square mile in the whole of Britain so there’s plenty of history to explore here too.