Reasons to visit Wales
There are so many outdoor things to do right across Wales it is quite hard to contain our reasons to visit Wales into a manageable list!
Wales has often been described to me, by people that have visited, as a hidden gem. It is not always given the credibility it deserves but once discovered people return again and again.
We go to Wales every single summer and every time we drive there I am blown away by the beauty of the hills and the valleys we encounter along the way. Just absolutely stunning. We all breathe easier in Wales. We have stayed by the coast in Llandudno and we have camped under the stars in Ruthin. This year we are pondering taking a cottage because Wales truly has so much to offer and we know there are endless places to explore.
Let me share with you our Welsh wishlist and our reasons to visit Wales Summer 2019
So here are a few of my highlights, some events, some places to visit and some activities to try.
On the north-west coast of Wales, you will find the magical looking village of Portmeirion. It was built to replicate Itlay and it is colourful and exotic looking and so quirky. Famed for its beautiful pottery and designs it is definitely worth a visit and for photographers, it is an absolute treat. Portmeirion Village is open daily and has two hotels, historic cottages, sandy beaches, gorgeous garden stylish shops, award-winning restaurants, and an Italian ice cream parlour.
Cardiff castle has a 2000-year-old history and you can visit the ruins and the restored house and learn all about it. The Castle is located right in the centre of Cardiff and is surrounded by a beautiful parkland perfect for a picnic.
Coed y Brenin Forest Park
Situated in Gwynedd in North Wales Coed y Brenin Forest Park is a beautiful wooded valley filled with waterfalls and gorgeous trails to explore. You can hire bikes here and there are trails of various distances. There is a lovely little tea room too for when you need to rest your legs!
There are 44 Blue Flag beaches in Wales – isn’t that amazing? It is of course hugely attractive to surfers and you can have a look here at some of the top surf spots in Wales.
Caswell Bay, close to Swansea on the Gower peninsula is popular with beginner surfers and families as it has shallow waves and a beautiful sandy beach. It also has a little surf shop where you can hire everything that you need too. Perfect.
Green Man Festival
Oh, how we fancy going to this festival! The Green Man Festival takes place in the Brecon Beacons and runs between the 15th – 18th August 2019. It the largest contemporary music and arts festival in Wales and as well as music there is drama, literature, poetry, science, art, comedy and dance with absolutely loads on for kids too. It sounds just amazing and great fun for the whole family too.
Even if climbing Mount Snowdon is a step (or thousands of steps ) too far then Snowdonia national park is still well worth visiting. It has beautiful wildlife, tumbling rivers, soaring mountains and lush valleys. A lovely place to hike or drive through and explore and an absolute must for bird lovers as rare birds abound in these parts.
The 2019 Eisteddfod will be held in Llanrwst, Conwy County. It is a festival of Wales and a celebration of its language and culture. It takes place over 8 days at the start of August and it has stalls and shops, food, music, arts and crafts, design and architecture.
Kayak with the Dolphins in Pembrokeshire National Park
For animal lovers, this would just be the BEST of adventures. You can take a kayak out onto the bay and spot the seals, dolphins and puffins that live on and around Skomer Island. How amazing would that be! Definitely a unique and heartwarming experience.
So, so much more…..
On top of these fabulous places to visit and things to do there are many a seaside and fishing village to explore. There is the centre of alternative technology to visit, castles galore and rolling hills and valleys and waterfalls aplenty. There are wonderful football and rugby matches to watch. You can go on Dr Who walking tours, sightseeing bus rides and visit some amazing churches,
It truly is a place of contrast and history, poetry and art. It has beautiful national parks and amazing coastal paths. Wales has it all and has absolutely something for everyone.
Wales Cottage Holidays
When it comes to finding a great place to stay in Wales then I suggest you do take a look at Wales Cottage Holidays. They are a real find and I think you will love what they have to offer you.
Wales Cottage Holidays is an independent family-run agency that operates throughout Wales. The staff team have extensive knowledge of Wales and good insight into the local holiday cottage market – they will help you find exactly what is right for you and your needs. They are a long established holiday letting company with a good reputation so you know you can trust them. The customer reviews are excellent and the range of properties available is extensive.
This is what they have to say about their service:
Our success is based on the simple premise that we offer great service and unrivalled experience.
They really do have cottages for everyone – cottages by the sea, cottages for couples, luxury cottages, pet-friendly cottages, cottages with a hot tub even cottages on working farms. So much choice, in so many lovely locations the length and breadth of Wales.
So as you can see there really are so many absolutely wonderful reasons to visit Wales Summer 2019.
Have you made your summer holiday plans yet?