Thinking about a trip to the UK – why not plan a Welsh vacation? A tour of Wales, on the west coast of Great Britain and within driving distance of London, offers an incredible variety of things to do, whether you are a sports enthusiast, castle lover, adventure lover, foodie, or history junkie. There are pristine beaches and rugged mountains, wide open landscapes, lush valleys, bustling cities, music and food festivals – all within a very drive-able area – about 200 miles by 100 miles.
A country with a strong cultural identity
Although Wales has been officially part of the United Kingdom since the 1500s, it has maintained a strong cultural identity. This is evident in its language and traditions. Traveling to Wales can feel like visiting a “country within a country”, as road signs are in Welsh and English. In some areas, Welsh is still the first language.
Your trip awaits… at a relaxing pace or a more adventurous one
If you want to experience life at a slower pace, Wales offers an abundance of quaint villages, local pubs, quiet beaches and breathtaking natural beauty. Hike on walking trails along rugged coastlines, beaches, or mountains. Even Offa’s Dyke, the old boundary wall between Wales and England, is now a walking trail. Or you can visit any number of small towns and villages, many with their own quirky claims to fame – bog snorkeling, anyone?
For those who seek more adventure in their travel, you can climb Mount Snowdon, the UK’s highest peak (outside of Scotland). Or take the historic train to the top to take in the view. There are extensive mountain bike trails with a wide range of terrain, whitewater rafting, underground explorations and many other opportunities for adventure. Wales even boasts the longest, fastest zip-line in Europe.
Travel back into history
For history buffs, centuries of battles mean there is an abundance of castles to explore when you vacation in Wales. To explore its famed slate-mining past, you can be lowered 300 ft down a defunct mine shaft to re-live the experience of what was once the predominant industry. Or visit the birthplace of celebrated Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, or any other famed Welsh authors and poets. To see the spiritual side of Wales, visit St. David’s, which is said to have been visited by the patron saint in 550 AD. Or travel to Caerleon, which has been tied to King Arthur, or to the spa towns of mid-Wales that drew throngs of visitors in the 18th c. to experience their “healing” waters. History at every turn.
Choose your festival… art, music, literature, local cuisine & drink, and more
There are modern attractions as well, with a thriving music culture and revitalized city waterfronts in the capital city of Cardiff and neighboring Swansea. There are food festivals, music festivals and a huge variety of celebrations throughout the year. The world-renowned Eisteddfod – the Welsh national music and poetry competition – has been around since 1176! On the other end of the spectrum is The Green Man festival, held in the gorgeous Brecon Beacons, which offers 4 days of pop and indie rock. The Abergavenny Food Festival has become a place for chefs, food businesses, journalists, farmers, and food producers to come together, and The Laugharne Weekend is a well-attended celebration of literature where authors and their fans gather.
Wherever you travel in Wales, you’ll feel welcome!
Tourism is an important industry in Wales, which means that during your Welsh vacation, you’ll feel welcomed everywhere you go. And thanks to the fiercely protected Welsh culture, your holiday will be spent traveling through unspoiled landscapes and unique villages and countryside. A visit to Wales is very apt to turn into a love affair with this spectacular little corner of the world, and we can help you experience it! Call or email us!