Some 13 million visitors flock to Wales each year to explore the rolling countryside, soak up some culture and enjoy the local hospitality. When it comes to picking where to stay, many people opt to make a home from home in one of the hundreds of different holiday cottages in Wales.
Picking where to visit, though, is slightly trickier than deciding on which form of accommodation to book, so here at Travel Blissful we’ve handpicked the top five places.
Climb to the top of Snowdonia and you’ll be rewarded with some of the most stunning views in the whole of the UK. Snowdonia towers some 3,560ft above sea level, which makes it one of the biggest and most demanding mountains in Britain. Feeling energetic? Then it’s well worth making time for a pilgrimage to Snowdonia National Park to tackle one of the many walking and climbing trails that lure people to the area from all over the world.
Capital cities are always interesting places to take a look around – and Cardiff is certainly no different. The beauty of Cardiff is that everything of interest is located slap bang in the city centre, meaning there’s no need to hop on all kinds of public transport and you can instead explore on foot with relative ease. Whether you fancy checking out the regeneration programme that has given Cardiff Bay an impressive facelift, discovering all about Cardiff Castle or indulging yourself with a spot of retail therapy, there’s plenty to keep you busy for a day or two before you escape from all the hustle and bustle in the great outdoors.
One of the best kept ‘secrets’ in Britain, Shell Island is a campsite with a difference. That’s because one of Europe’s largest campsites becomes cut off from the mainland whenever the tide comes in, which adds a layer of intrigue for those people who pitch a tent on Shell Island. Set over 450 acres, the coastal destination is only accessible in car via a single-track road over an estuary when the tide is out. Chill out on one of the three beaches, have a barbeque in the dunes or relax in the on-site restaurant or bar.
The Brecon Beacons National Park
Explore the mountain range either on foot or on two wheels and you’ll be amazed by just how beautiful the Brecon Beacons National Park is. Nestled in the area is a series of quint market towns, castles and other attractions as well as plenty of wide open space to get out into and unwind in well away from stresses of everyday life. Make your way around the maze of forests and woodland at your own pace or marvel at the nature and wildlife that the Brecon Beacons National Park is home to.
The Wye Valley is an area of incredible beauty located right on the border between England and Wales. Everything from a series of cave systems to the remains of numerous Roman settlements can be found in the Wye Valley. Venture to Tintern Abbey to see the best-preserved medieval abbey in Wales or enjoy a day at Chepstow races and have a flutter on the horses. If you’re lucky and win a bit, why not spend it by treating yourself to an extended stay in one of the luxury holiday cottages in Wales.