10 Reasons to Take Your Family to Wales This Summer
Looking for the ultimate family vacation this summer? Forget about the Spanish coast or the Greek islands – Wales is the place to be!
1. The beaches
If 2018 is anything to go by, Wales will be getting a lot of sun this summer – so why not pay us a visit and make use of our astonishing beaches? There are beautiful stretches of sand all along the coast (particularly in Pembrokeshire), but some of the finest can be found at Barafundle Bay, Rhossili Bay and Tenby.
2. The marine life
Head to Cardigan Bay this summer and you’ve got an excellent chance of spotting some bottlenose dolphins, which are abundant around the waters of New Quay in June and July. You’ll probably also see seals and porpoises – and if you’re lucky, the odd whale.
3. Snowdonia National Park
It might have the word “snow” in the title, but this astonishing national park is a must-see year round. Come in the summer months and you can mountain bike, fish, horse-ride and camp. For the ultimate adventure, hike to the summit of Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales and England.
4. The night skies
There are few places in the UK where you can enjoy clear, unpolluted views of the night sky. If you’re a keen stargazer, Wales is a fantastic place for a holiday. Head to one of the dark sky areas in Snowdonia, the Brecon Beacons, Elan Valley or the Pembrokeshire Coast and prepare to be amazed.
5. The hikes
Beautiful coastlines, rolling hills, lush woodland and soaring mountain peaks – Wales is a dream come true for keen walkers. You’ll be spoilt for choice wherever you go, but for the iconic Welsh walking experience, make time for the Offa’s Dyke Path.
6. Portmeirion, Wales’ Little Italy
Who needs the Italian Riviera when you’ve got Portmeirion? This quaint and quirky place is a little slice of the Mediterranean set into the cliffs of Gwynedd. Construction of the Italian-inspired tourist village commenced in 1925, and was completed in the 1970s. Today it is open between 9.30am and 5.30pm daily, and boasts a selection of colourful buildings, tropical gardens, beaches, and even an Italian ice cream parlour.
7. The castles
Medieval castles are the perfect day-trip destination for family holidays – and Wales is bursting with them! Head north for Conwy, Caernarfon and Harlech, and south for Pembroke, Caerphilly and Cardiff.
8. The festivals
In the summer months, Wales is the place to be for fantastic family-friendly festivals. In June there’s the Hay Festival, a world-famous celebration of literature, and the Wales Airshow, a spectacular display of military aircraft and vintage planes. Others to check out include the Cardiff International Food & Drink Festival, the Monmouth Music Festival, and Caerphilly’s Big Cheese.
As a capital city, Cardiff really has it all. Home to a medieval castle and an uber-modern waterfront, the city offers an exciting blend of the old and the new. Come here for the museums, galleries and live entertainment, and stay for the shopping, dining and fantastic accommodation.
10. The food
Forget French haute cuisine – we’d choose good Welsh grub any day. Wales can offer everything from Michelin-starred tasting menus, to award-winning fish & chips. Whatever you do, don’t leave without trying laverbread and bara brith!