Wales is a small country, but has a lot to offer. Its green landscape is just as beautiful as any other area of the UK, as it includes three National Parks and five incredible natural areas. Its geography means the sea and the mountains are always at hand for those who want some beach and mountain on their holidays. It is also a place full of tradition, with ancient villages, amazing nightlife, tourist attractions and 641 castles. In Wales you can learn Cymraeg (Welsh)—the native tongue, which is one of the oldest languages in the world—although it can take time and patience.
The tourist website Rough Guides recommends visiting six places in Wales, unknown to many people; six areas perfect for a getaway or for a roadtrip through Wales. Now we’ll tell you about these amazing places:
1. The Tywi Valley in South Wales
This valley is located in the southwest of the country and is home to magical landscapes. There are still legends in this area about the famous magician Merlin. Its green hills are full of castles, some in better condition than others: we’ll highlight the Romanesque castle Carreg Cennen. The castle was built on the site of an ancient fortress built by one of King Arthur’s knights, and is located 100 meters above the river Cennen. From there you can enjoy wonderful views of the Black Mountains.
If you like flowers and plants and enjoy strolling through elaborate gardens, you can approach the National Botanic Garden of Wales, whose main attraction is the greenhouse Norman Foster. In the greenhouse you can find a more Mediterranean climate.
The real wonder of this place in Wales is that you can stroll around small towns, exploring and discovering new things on the area’s green hills.
2. Strumble Head, Pembrokeshire
Strumble tops the beautiful north coast of Pembrokeshire, a good place for people who like to watch seabirds. In this very quiet area of Wales you’ll spot gannets, fulmars, guillemots and gulls, among many other species. And if you like diving, you might get lucky and see some porpoises.
3. Ruthin, Denbighshire
Ruthin is the capital of the county of Debighshire, and is located on a small hill in the southern part of Vale of Clwyd. There, you can regain your energy with delicious traditional dishes, hike and explore the green hills that surround this charming city. There are some quite remarkable traditional buildings in St. Peter’s Square. One of them, Nantclwyd and Dre, dates from 1435.
The city also has a great cultural offering. If you like museums, you can visit places like the Cheshire Military Museum and Ruthin Craft Centre. In the south of Ruthin, you’ll find an imposing red stone castle from the thirteenth century, a perfect place to have a drink, take a walk around and look for some peacocks.
4. Rhoscolyn, Anglesey
The small coastal town of Rhoscolyn is located south of Holy Island, which is connected to the mainland by bridges, in Anglesey, a great area full of beautiful places. Its sandy beaches are unspoilt and make this small town a perfect place to escape from your routine and relax. However, if you want something more lively, there are also many activities for kayakers.
To enjoy a couple of pints of beer or a delicious local dish, you can go to The White Eagle, a famous pub with stunning views of the coast from its huge terrace.
5. Dyffryn Ceiriog Llanarmon, Glyn Ceiriog Valley
The small village of Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog, located on the edge Valley Glyn Ceiriog, may not have a great range of leisure and entertainment, but like many of the previous villages, it has beautiful surroundeds. It is, without doubt, a perfect place to get away from it all, a retreat for those who are tired of the noise and stress of big cities. Glyn Ceiriog Valley is a natural wonder; it has long been a vital route between Snowdonia and the heart of the country.
As we’ve already said, the villageis very small but has two large lodges with routes through the valley and surrounding areas. It’s a perfect choice if you like rural tourism.
6. Portmelgan, Pembrokeshire
Porthmelgan is a small but spectacular beach that can only be reached on foot. To go there, you have to walk about 15 minutes along the coast of Whitesands Bay, a place well known by surfers. However, Porthmelgan beach has fewer people and is a quieter place, ideal for paddling and for finding small animals among the rocks. Because of its strong currents, it isn’t swimming far out isn’t recommended. It is a good place for a picnic with friends or family. You can also take the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path and enjoy the sea views from the cliffs.
Do you know any other place in Wales that you think deserves a mention here? Tell us about it in a comment.
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