Fancy a week of adventure and exploration with the family beautiful surroundings? Don’t be so quick to jump on a plane abroad! When it comes to your 2017 holiday, look no further than Wales for a fun-filled staycation. With deep valleys, quaint market towns, mountain ranges, rugged coastline and ancient castles, there is plenty to see and do with the family in this majestic country, where a quarter of its population still proudly speaks the Welsh language!
Whether you want to go back to nature on a campsite or hire a picturesque cottage by the coast, you’ll find plenty of options when it comes to accommodation in Wales.
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So what are you waiting for? There’s plenty to discover in Wales but here’s our pick of the best…
Isle of Anglesey
The scenic Isle of Angelesey can only be reached by boat so you’ll really feel like you’re getting away from it all! Along the way you might even spot a puffin or two as the Isle is home to lots of seabirds. The unique island offers stunning coastline, plenty of beaches and historical towns to explore. If you’re after some culture, the island also hosts lots of festivals throughout the summer months. It’s also home to Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, the longest place name in Europe!
From boutique B&B’s to cosy cottages, you’ll find plenty of comfortable accommodation choices where you can sit back and relax after a day of exploring with the family.
The capital city has had somewhat of a makeover in recent times and is a fabulous location for a city break, especially if cocktails and shopping by the water’s edge is your thing! The Cardiff Bay waterfront boasts a new stylish development, consisting of bars, shops, restaurants and cafes, ideally located close to the Welsh National Assembly and Millennium Stadium should you want to take in some rugby!
And let’s not forget Cardiff castle, located by the River Taff and dating back to Roman times. Nearby is the National Museum and City Hall.
You’ll find self-catered apartments or stylish hotels in Cardiff, perfect for a relaxing city staycation.
South Wales is famous for its award-winning beaches on the Gower and is the perfect staycation location for a beach holiday on home soil. The sweeping bays begin in Swansea’s western suburbs and follow the curve of Swansea Bay to the picturesque resort of Mumbles (famously home to Catherine Zeta Jones) and finishing at the stunning Rhossili Bay.
There are campsites overlooking the endless Three Cliffs beach, where you can have fun in the huge sand dunes! West of Port Eynon, the coast becomes wilder and is topped by a five-mile path that stretches all the way to the peninsula’s westernmost point, Worms Head – a must for keen walkers!
If you’re after action and adventure on your staycation, head to the heights of Snowdonia in Northern Wales. Both dramatic and alluring, the highest mountain range in Wales offer spectacular views on the ascent routes that have steep and varying terrain. You don’t have to hike up – you could take the cog railway up to the cafe and its summit!
And it’s not just walking on offer in Snowdonia. Along the valleys you will find some enormous mines and quarries, including Blaenau Ffestiniog where you can take in an underground tour of its slate caverns.