Wales is a land of contrasts. From the wild and rugged beauty of Snowdonia to the golden sandy beaches of Pembrokeshire and the Mumbles, there is plenty for the outdoor enthusiast to enjoy.
But this land of myth and magic also boasts a wealth of history in its castles and cathedrals.
If you are heading to Wales for a holiday, here are a few places that you really don’t want to miss.
No trip to North Wales would be complete without a visit to Mount Snowdon. Standing tall at 3,560 feet (1,085 metres), Yr Wyddfa is the tallest mountain in England and Wales. Hike to the top along one of six recognised walking routes or take the mountain railway from Llanberis to enjoy stunning views to Ireland, Anglesey, Pembrokeshire and across Snowdonia itself.
Pembrokeshire’s Golden Coast
If those glimpses of the golden coast of Pembrokeshire have caught your eye, there’s no better spot in Wales to enjoy some stunning sand and sea time. From Whitesands in the North past Newgale and Broad Haven to Freshwater West and Tenby in the South, there is no shortage of glorious beaches to enjoy.
Bounded on three sides by the sea, Pembrokeshire also boasts a stunning 186 mile (299 km) coastal path that will take you past hidden gems like Druidston and Broad Haven South.
Castles and Cathedrals
Pembrokeshire is also home to the smallest city in Britain. St David’s was built on the site of a 6th Century monastery founded by Saint David (or Dewi Sant in Welsh), the patron saint of Wales himself. Today the site boasts a cathedral dating back to the 12th Century that is still in use today, alongside the ruins of the magnificent Bishop’s Palace.
For those interested in history, Pembrokeshire is also home to several of Wales’s castles, including the magnificent mediaeval Pembroke castle. It boasts a giant keep, cavern and gatehouse. Visitors can even walk inside one outer wall to experience what it would have been like to defend the castle.
No visit to the Land of Song would be complete without experiencing an Eisteddfod. The National Eisteddfod is a week-long celebration of the Welsh language and culture.
As well as graded competitions to find the best singer, choir, poet, musician and so on, the Eisteddfod is also brimming with stalls, stands and shops showcasing Welsh food & drink, arts & crafts and more.
Held in the first week of August, the location changes each year and alternates between North and South Wales.