There are many great reasons to visit Wales and you might not think of beaches as one of those reasons but did you know that Swansea’s Rhossili Bay was the first beach to be voted Britain’s Best Beach by Trip Advisor’s Travellers Choice. It really is a stunning beach. The country also boasts five designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty so if it’s incredible views and wide open spaces you’re craving, then this is the place for you.
Wales is certainly not all hills and coal mines either. Take a trip to Portmeirion in North Wales for a surprise. The tourist village was designed by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 and 1927 in the style of an Italian village. It is now owned by a charitable trust and has been used in many TV and film productions.
There are more castles in Wales per square mile than any other country in the world. So if it’s history and heritage that float your boat, Wales is the place to be. There are over 400 and represent the rich history of the area and show that invaders needed strong fortifications to deal with the fiery Celts! The Romans were also here and their ancient architecture including bath houses, barracks and a 2000 year old amphitheatre can be seen in Caerleon, South Wales.
The wildlife in this country is also something to be wowed by. Rugged coastlines and lush green valleys provide the perfect backdrop for spotting unusual sights like red kites, falcons, puffins, dolphins and whales. Areas such as Snowdonia and Anglesey also offer great opportunities to see animals that you wouldn’t normally see.
Wales is also home to the world’s smallest city, St Davids. With a population of only 1,800 it can call itself a city thanks to it’s stunning Cathedral which is actually the resting place of the patron saint of Wales,St David. You can also see the world’s smallest house in Conwy. Quay House is a tiny 1.8m high and you can pay £1 to go in and have a look but don’t bump your head! Now this may be small but Waled is huge and a great place for business. Huge haulage companies or food truck businesses can pass through here or even set up here. As long as they have there Fleet Vehicle Tracking system in place sourced from companies including Vehicle Accessories they won’t get lost and the owner can keep an eye on their performance. If you’re looking for something unusual to do then how about camping on a cliff? One climbing operator is now offering the chance to sleep on a nylon tray suspended from a cliff in Snowdonia National Park! There are plenty of people here who like to throw themselves off them too. Cliff diving is a popular sport in Abereiddy with professionals entering the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series and diving off a platform above the Blue Lagoon.
The local cuisine is pretty good too. There are a few Michelin starred restaurants around the country. After treating yourself to some top grub, head to Hay-on-Wye to pick up a few books to read on the journey home. Britain’s biggest literature festival takes place here, attracting writers, authors and famous faces. This is a beautifully quaint town and is chock-a-block with bookstores and second hand sellers. It really is the dream destination for anyone who loves a good book.