Visit Wales! It’s such a simple call to action but when you start to delve a little deeper into doing just that you’ll find it almost impossible not to be entirely overwhelmed by the variety of choice in that pursuit.
From the breath-taking beauty of rugged coastlines, to the draw-dropping magnificent of Snowdonia, it’s fair and accurate to assert that Wales has got the lot. And some!
So, where is the best destination to head for to sample some wonderful Welsh culture? The cities of Cardiff, the capital city, and Swansea offer their own inimitable take on all things Wales. But it can be argued that you have to travel away from the metropolises to get the best of the country, be it glorious seascapes, beautiful beaches or inspiring mountain ranges.
Hiking and walking are a great way to take in the many benefits of the natural wonderland that is the Welsh countryside. The Brecon Beacons, a national park, is a hot spot for trekkers and they are met with an ever-changeable landscape to admire as they take on the hills.
One particular favourite of walkers heading to the Brecon Beacons is Pen y Fan, which is the highest peak in south Wales at 886 metres above sea level. A tip: If you can, take on Pen y Fan midweek as weekends it can be difficult to find a parking spot so popular is the destination.
If you are feeling a bit more adventurous, then surely Mount Snowdon is where you should make a beeline for? It is, of course, the highest mountain in Wales, and this is reflected in the popularity. There are a few paths you can follow to reach the summit under your own steam. But for the less energetic amongst us, fear not — you can take a train to the peak where you can mingle with those who have just slogged for three hours to reach the top; the stunning views of the surrounding Snowdonia National Park await!
Wales boasts castles a plenty, too — head to the especially good Cardiff Castle, Conwy castle or Pembroke Castle — but for this correspondent it is the coast that offers the most when it comes to visiting Wales. Tenby offers everything you can imagine when considering a coastal spot boasting all that’s best about the seaside in this wondrous country.
The harbour town and resort of Tenby boasts 13th-century town walls, stunning stretches of sandy shores — including the impossibly lovely Castle Beach – as well as the ruins of Tenby Castle, perched on the headland above the harbour. If you are feeling energetic we can recommend a walk, three miles or so, along the undulating coastal path along to Saundersfoot. If you are too puffed out after that, enjoy a coffee in the village and then get the bus back to Tenby!
Wherever you go in Wales, you’ll find yourself wanting to go again quite soon after returning home! Yes, Wales is truly wonderful!