Fairytale Castles and Dragons
Great things come in small packages, and nothing could be truer in the case of Wales. There is so much natural beauty packed into Wales, meaning delights await at every turn. Around 20% of the country is designated as a national park, which includes Snowdonia National Park, the Brecon Beacons National Park and Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Furthermore, as it’s surrounded by the sea on three sides, Wales is also home to miles of stunning coastline – expect mountains which flow to the sea, rugged cliffs and beautiful golden beaches.
Wales might be best known for Snowdonia and the towering and mystical bulk of Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales. However, it’s not only the hiking and mountaineering that’s incredible in Snowdonia and other parts of Wales. It’s also a great destination for wildlife enthusiasts. The eagle-eyed can spot ravens, red kites, buzzards, peregrines and ospreys. Closer to the ground you’re able to see otters, feral goats, polecats and also mountain hares. Additionally, with so much water Wales is also a haven for dolphins, porpoises and grey seals as well as many seabirds like puffins, razorbills and guillemots.
With so much nature to see, Wales is often perceived as a predominantly outdoor destination. Although it certainly packs a punch in that department, Wales also offers an amazing range of cultural and historical experiences. Nicknamed the castle capital of the world, Wales is home to over 600 castles, particularly along the border. Highlights include Conwy, Bodelwyddan, Caerphilly and Pembroke castle. Immerse yourself in Celtic tradition and folklore on visits to various ruins and tombs. Alternatively, trace more recent footsteps at mining-related attractions, learning more about the industrial past of Wales.
Things to see and do in Wales
- Visit the village and resort of Portmeirion, designed to resemble the ideal Italian coastal fishing village
- Admire a waterfall or two in the Waterfall Country hiking area in the Brecon Beacons National Park
- Circumnavigate Llyn Ogwen in Snowdonia and take in the geological beauty of the lake and the mountains
- Walk in the footsteps of gold miners at the Dolaucothi Gold Mines, now an ancient monument
- Taste the first whiskey to distilled in Wales at the Penderyn Distillery
- Marvel at the many castles and ruins which dot the countryside
- Hike up Cadair Idris and gaze upon the lake that sits in its cradle, often described to be the most beautiful and scenic mountains in the Snowdonia National Park (and perhaps all of the UK)