Need to get away? From castles to kitesurfing, relaxing rambles to romantic getaways, let the team at Visit Wales show you how proper holidays are made. Expect lush green gardens bursting with blooms, sumptuous culinary treats to tickle your tastebuds, coastal views to take your breath away and an awe-inspiring 641 castles to explore, making Wales the castle capital of Europe. These are just some of the reasons why Lonely Planet voted Wales as the best place to visit in the World in 2014.
There is an incredible amount for visitors to Wales to do, including some of the best walking found anywhere in the World. In 2012 we opened the Wales Coast Path and we’ve been improving it ever since! Its the world’s first uninterrupted route along a national coast. Add in the inland Offa‘s Dyke path which follows the border between Wales and England and you can walk right around the edge of a country.
The path shows off our beaches, estuaries, cliffs, woodlands and hills. There are also parliaments, country pubs, city waterfronts, writers’ retreats, fun-parks and historic castles all on the coast path. As there’s 870 miles of coast path to explore, we don’t expect you to walk it all in one go; it only takes a few days to discover your new favourite bit, a firm favourite is the section known as the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, which was recently voted by National Geographic as the second best walk in the world!
We like to get wet in Wales and it has nothing to do with the weather. There’s sedate canoeing and exhilarating whitewater rafting in some of Britain’s cleanest rivers, while our seas are a playground for fantastic surfing, kayaking and a sport we invented; coasteering, an exhilarating mix of rock-hopping, shore-scrambling, swell-riding, cave-exploring and cliff-jumping, its the ultimate aquatic adventure. If you prefer fresh (ish) water there’s is even the legendary bog-snorkelling for those wanting to get really wet and muddy on their holiday! We’ve got the wetsuits – come and take the plunge.
Back on land (or in the air) Wales comes fully equipped for outdoor adventure; we‘ve been busy investing in our Mountain biking centres which offer world-class singletrack trails, freeride hot spots. Last year we opened Zip World, Europe’s longest and fastest zip wire which won international acclaim with zip lines that see riders fly through the skies at over 100mph, 500ft in the air, its the nearest thing there is to flying.
After all that excitement and adrenalin, holidaymakers will need to refuel with some hard-earned Welsh food and Wales has its fair share of great places to eat. Gastronomes will delight at the range of superb eateries across the country offering menus using locally sourced meats, seafood and ingredients, alongside established restaurants offering international and fine cuisine – including several Michelin-starred restaurants dotted around the country.
Fancy a food adventure? How about exploring the beauty of Wales whilst gathering food that’s fresh, tasty and free? Wales has a landscape perfect for bushcraft and foraging. Better still, you can learn from the best – friendly experts with unsurpassable local knowledge are waiting to help you learn food foraging and outdoor skills, giving your fitness levels and practical abilities a hearty boost along the way.
Where to stay in Wales? Even the most invigorated holidaymakers need somewhere to lay their head and rest their feet. We’ve got boutique hotels, smart city hotels, five-star luxury spa hotels, seaside hotels with infinity pools, rooms in haunted castles, gorgeous country house hotels with kitchen gardens. We’ve got hundreds of friendly B&Bs at the seaside, in the countryside, or half-way up a mountainside.
If its an exciting city break you’re after then Cardiff, our capital city is hard to beat. It was recently voted as Britain’s best city in which to live in by residents of Europe’s top cities. Historic but packed with modern attractions, this is a city on a high. Cardiff’s striking castle has timeless appeal and its contemporary landmarks such as the Wales Millennium Centre and the superlative Millennium Stadium, are world-class. You might have seen it before; it’s the location of the BBC’s drama studios where they film the international hits, Sherlock and Dr Who.
Wales is far closer than you might think. We’re just a few hours by road and rail from London. From Heathrow you can be driving across the Severn Bridge into Wales in less time than it takes to get to east London. From the rest of Britain and beyond, there’s an excellent choice of roads, flights and ferries.
Feeling inspired? Come and chat to us, we can offer you some great product ideas, detailed itineraries, in-Wales contacts, a stunning image library and enough high definition B roll to tempt anyone.
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