When it comes to choosing your holiday destination, the old saying is that a change is as good as a rest. A holiday doesn’t have to be just about jetting off to some far flung destination, it can also be about relaxing in a place that is a little bit closer to home. A holiday in beautiful Wales certainly fits the bill.
The principality is a stunning combination of glorious valleys, rugged mountains and beautiful coastline. Pretty market towns and villages take their place alongside the bigger cities of Cardiff and Swansea, making a trip to Wales a diverse experience. Your trip to Wales is one that can be a home from home experience, as you can book cottages in Wales that offer a cosy, rustic experience which you can use as a base for exploring the countryside.
If you have never visited Wales, or are not sure where you would like to go, I am going to introduce a few of my favourite places to visit in beautiful Cymru.
Barmouth is a big favourite with holidaymakers who love the beach. Sitting in Cardigan Bay, it is a mixture of the great British seaside and stunning Welsh slate buildings that hark back to the Victorian age.
Barmouth has a lovely, sandy beach which includes a section for those who want to walk their dogs, and offers a mini ferry service from nearby Fairbourne where you may see the Cardigan Bay dolphins. The town has a good range of shops including my favourite Pieces for Places that offers the best in new design, and recycled vintage furniture items. For food, you can’t beat traditional fish and chips, and there are plenty of places to enjoy these, whether you decide to eat in, or sit on the wall and look out to sea.
Barmouth still has an old world charm that brings its fans coming back again and again.
Tywyn is another lovely, Victorian seaside town, with an unspoilt air about it. The main attraction is the steam railway line that is run by volunteers, but the beach is also beautiful and there are small pools along the promenade that are perfect for little ones on a sunny day.
Tywyn also has a glorious old cinema, one of the oldest in Wales, as well as golf – both crazy and pitch and putt and a children’s playground. It also has some of the best ice cream you will ever eat, the Halo Ice Cream factory shop which is made with honey.
Aberdovey is stunning, on a warm day the white sands bring to mind beaches of the Caribbean. Aberdovey is quieter than Barmouth, but with lovely tea rooms selling Bara Brith and cream teas, shops selling Seasalt and Joules, it has the feeling of being a more upmarket seaside town.