With over 12,900 square miles of countryside to discover, Wales has something for everyone. Male voice choirs, stunning scenery, ancient history and so much more – the variety that Wales has to offer is totally unique.
It’s not just our Cities and principal Towns that offer culture, you will find an abundance of cosmopolitan activities hidden away in the smaller Villages and Towns across the Country too.
Our history is vast and our countryside is littered with the relics of the past. Neolithic, Bronze and Iron age sites can be found on nearly every hill top from Anglesey in the north to Cardiff in the south. We have castles which you can visit and a plethora of museums housing exhibits discovered from all over Wales.
Our beaches are renowned globally, not just for their stunning beauty but also by surfers, land speed record setters and by the many people who come and enjoy the All Wales Coast Path – there aren’t many countries on our planet where you can walk freely around the entire coastline, enjoy the Pembrokeshire National Park and visit every beach Wales has to offer – all on foot and all on one footpath!
Inland you can discover the beauty of two more national parks – Snowdonia and the Brecon Beacons, both attracting vast numbers of visitors year after year.
Snowdonia offers 823 square miles of mountains and hidden valleys to explore and more than half the population continue to speak our native language. Take a trip on the Snowdon Mountain Railway for a journey you will never forget.
The Brecon Beacons offers 519 square miles of rolling hills and mountains with the peak of Pen Y Fan (pronounced: Pen ur Van) towering over and offering stunning views of the valleys below. Whilst in the Beacons, a visit to the market Town of Brecon is a must.
Don’t just visit our National Parks though – the rest of Wales has equally stunning countryside to discover, try the desert of Wales (Cambrian Hills) in Ceredigion if remoteness ticks your boxes, visit the south Wales valleys for a trip through our industrial history or try a train journey on the Heart of Wales Line for scenery you will remember for life. If stunning gardens bring you out in a sweat, then a visit to the Botanic Garden of Wales combined with the nearby Aberglasney Gardens in Carmarthenshire are sure to please.
When it comes to activities, Wales has plenty to keep everybody happy. Mountain Biking, Boating, Four Wheel Driving and Coasteering to mention just a few are available in most parts of Wales and for two years (2012 & 2013) Wales was home to the Red Bull Cliff Diving Championship at Abereiddi in Pembrokeshire. Head to the coast for adventure boat rides or head inland to catch a rapid or two – Brechfa Forest in Camarthenshire is a favourite haunt for locals and tourists embarking on Mountain Bike trails and some of the best surfing in the UK can be found along the Gower in south Wales, Pembrokeshire in west Wales or on the Lleyn Peninsula in north Wales.
Less strenuous pursuits can be found at pony trekking centres and the many golf courses and fishing lakes dotted across the countryside.
For those of you looking for gastronomical delights, Wales will not disappoint. Try some of our local markets for home grown and home made produce that you cannot get at the supermarket. Search out our local deli’s for the best cheeses, patisseries and other local food gems and don’t forget the local butcher who will more than likely have a great selection of locally reared and butchered meat and poultry on offer. In many of our coastal Towns and Villages you will be able to buy fish and crustaceans on the harbour or on the seafront fresh from the sea that day. Many of our harbours are tidal, so be sure to check tide times and head for an hour or so after full tide to catch the fishermen returning with their catch. When a night off from cooking our local delights is required – then many of our pubs and restaurants serve mouth watering and award winning food.
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