Wales is a fantastic place to enjoy a long or short break and features some beautiful countryside and beautiful coastlines. Wales is ideally situated for short weekend breaks or for longer family holidays – giving you a great sense of escapism despite still being in the UK. Wales has a rich cultural and historical significance within the UK and an often turbulent history that is well worth exploring. With that in mind we take a look at some of the best things to do in Wales.

Outdoor activities

Cottages in wales are perfectly placed to explore Wales beautiful countryside. From the valleys in the south, the beautiful beaches of Anglesey to Snowdonia Wales is awash with beautiful lands to lose yourself in. Hiking is absolutely one of the biggest draws to the area and understandably so. The Welsh valleys are just incredible with th Rhonda being particularly famous and stunning. The waterfalls and thick forests that embrace the valleys make for a fantastic climate for hiking. Further North you can visiti the Brecon Beacons national park and the beautiful Snowdonia for more rigorous outdoor hiking and to climb one of Britain’s biggest mountains (just be sure to dress in full outdoor gear as it is chilly at the top and often snowy). For those of you who prefer something moer sedate the coastal paths of Anglesey and the west coast are fantastic to explore with their rugged cliffs and rocky beaches that team with birds and passing sea life. For those with a more adventurous side you can kayak the many Rivers, go caving in abandoned mines or rock climb the treacherous cliffs and beautiful peaks.

The Seaside

In Wales cottages cover much of the sea front towns as Welsh beaches have been a popular holiday destination since Victorian times. The areas along the West coast have beautiful sandy beaches set in traditional English sea side resorts. The weather in the summer is beautiful but the areas are still great to visit in the winter. For families the beaches are secluded enough to remain safe but still provide a fantastic family outing or extended holiday. There are plenty of children friendly activities in these areas and plenty of nearby castles and museums to explore.

The history

The history of Wales is perhaps what most draws me to the area. The eastern boarder was in the medieval ages a wall of fortresses that kept the Welsh in and the English secure. As time progressed castles moved further towards the sea and line many parts of the coast protecting the UK (as it became) from foreign invasions. The best of the castle’s is probably Chepstow thanks to its age and incredibly well preserved fortifications but there’s so much on offer elsewhere including over 100 ruins and complete castles including the stunning Denbigh, Cardigan and the ever impressive Cardiff castle. The area is also littered with historical mining towns, beautiful churches and deserted abbeys meaning there is always something new to explore on any trip.

The culture

Finally I’d like to look at the culture of the area. It’s very distinct from much of England but generally very warm and welcoming. The people in the villages and the seaside towns are open and friendly and there is a rich tradition of singing and rugby to enjoy throughout the cities and the towns. Cardiff in particular has a vibrant dynamic culture with trendy nightclubs and bars alongside beautiful art galleries and museums.