Bordering England on the southwest side and lying just a ferry ride across the channel from Ireland, Wales is a land of rich ancient history and stunning natural beauty. Explore Wales in the summer, from the Island of Anglesey in the north to the coasts of Cardiff and Swansea in the south, and you'll be experiencing the best of a true British holiday. Come here to learn more about the Welsh people, culture and language, and pastoral traditions. Take some time to explore the beauty of the land they call home. The national parks here will inspire you, and the many still-intact ancient castles of Wales will transport you to another time. Wales can provide the adventure you're looking for, whether you're traveling with children or in search of a romantic escape. The rolling hills and jagged cliffs of this proud country have sustained its people for thousands of years, and many of the farms and museums tell the story of all that has transpired here during that time.
There's so much to see and do in Wales that it's difficult to schedule it all in one visit, but here are a few suggestions to help you plan your trip:
-Visit the Island of Anglesey in North Wales: Get lost in the corridors of Beaumaris Castle and be swept away by the old world charm of the Foel Farm Park in Brynsiencyn. From the Island, it's easy to take a ferry to Ireland, Britain, or Holland.
-Visit Cardiff: Come to Cardiff for St. Fagan's National History Museum. Learn about the people and culture of Wales at this 100 acre park, living history museum, and historic village.
-Play and relax on Llangennith Beach in Swansea: Located in southern Wales, Swansea offers hiking and beach activities. Be sure to make time for a tour of the Swansea chocolate factory.
-Explore Snowdonia National Park in Conwy: While you're here, see the 13th century haunted Conwy Castle and the breathtaking Conwy waterfalls.
-Shop for produce in Carmarthen: Come to Carmarthen for the scenic railway as well as the famous open air flea and farmers market.
-Take a boating trip from St. David's Peninsula and Ramsey Island: Go on a wildlife spotting eco adventure by boat.
It should be very easy to find a place to stay in Wales for the length of your visit no matter where you plan to spend most of your time. Vacation rentals are widely available in the heart of bustling urban centers as well as in the remote countryside. Find a condo or apartment in Cardiff or rent a beautiful cabin in St. David's. For the best seaside experience, rent a villa with views overlooking the emerald hills on one side and the blue ocean on the other.