Wales is a destination with so much to offer in terms of activities, history, railways and beaches. Every corner has something interesting to discover, though there is something about the countryside which is particularly beautiful.
This is our ultimate travel guide to Wales, a list which incorporates the most beautiful parts of the country; everything you shouldn’t miss.
Snowdonia National Park
Snowdonia National Park is one of the most spectacular locations in the United Kingdom. Its rolling hills, rocky peaks and tumbling rivers make for a truly breath-taking sight.
If you’re travelling with your pooch, this is a particularly great place to take them; don’t worry about accommodation options though, as there are plenty of dog friendly holiday cottages in Wales, which are only a stone’s throw away from this park.
As well as attempting to climb the mountain (or taking the train) there are some great activities for anyone who is looking for a dose of adrenaline. Cycling, mountain biking, water sports, fishing, zip wiring and abseiling are all available for you to enjoy.
There’s something magical about the waterfalls that decorate Wales, which are cool in the summer and sculptural in the winter.
Swallow Falls lies in the heart of Snowdonia, and is one of most visited sights in the area. You can park up and then head on down to the viewing and safety platforms. If you require more of a challenge you can take a 4 mile walk through the woods and you can also enjoy the views of the Llugwy Valley.
From Castle to Coast
The Wales coast is just as beautiful as the mountains. The rugged coastline here is a mix of dramatic cliffs, and seaside villages just waiting to be explored. If you’re a history buff, Wales has over 400 castles to view.
Local Produce & Delicacies
You shouldn’t visit Wales without trying some local produce and delicacies! Wales are famous for living off the land, their thrifty dishes are made with top quality, local ingredients.
Welsh rarebit is a great dish for cheese lovers. Essentially it is just cheese on toast, but when you taste rich welsh cheese, with the right cider, ale, seasonings such as mustard and cayenne pepper, these simple ingredients suddenly turn into a mind-blowing meal.
Lobscouse was initially meant for miners when they returned home from a hard day’s work, the hearty stew containing carrots, potatoes and meat, traditionally using lamb as the meat component.
Welsh Cakes are a sweet treat, looking like a cookie, or perhaps a pancake, the Welsh cake is a delicious treat that is unexpectedly addictive. If you like the taste of shortbread or sugar cookies, you must try the Welsh cake as the texture is similar and the coating of sugar on the outside is sure to cover your fingers but make your stomach very happy.
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Bara Brith is a fruity bread loaf. It goes perfectly with a cup of tea, as it is soaked in tea overnight. Traditionally eaten on St. David’s day or Christmas, the bread can be eaten with butter, jam, or marmalade. Don’t buy this from a chain store whatever you do, try a fresh piece from any local shop.
Cities & Sport
If you wish to stay more grounded on your visit, then there are plenty of cities to explore. Cardiff is famous for its nightlife, as well as its shopping. Also, you must try and catch a game of rugby as this is a sport that Wales love, the atmosphere will blow you away.
If you ever get the opportunity, make sure you give Wales a visit. Full of fun, food and history it really does make the perfect holiday destination.
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