Wales is an interesting and varied country, with stunning stretches of coastline, misty moorland, and beautiful mountains. If you’re keen to visit this history-drenched nation but feel unsure of where to start, this list offers you some of the best towns, beaches, and rural escapes to explore.
This charming town is just within the Welsh border, so makes a great day trip from English cities such as Bristol or Birmingham. Known as the world’s first town of books, Hay offers a wealth of book emporiums to explore. Once you’re done browsing the shelves, head to one of the many cafes for Welsh delicacies such as bara brith (fruit cake with butter) or Welsh scones (fruit-filled griddle cakes). If you’re feeling adventurous, a 15-minute drive out of town will take you to Hay Bluff, a steep, impressive hill with views across England and Wales.
Located at the far western edge of the Gower, the stretch of coastline running along the south of Wales, Tenby is a lovely town. With views out to sea from almost anywhere, keep an eye out for harbor seals or even dolphins swimming by. The brightly colored houses are postcard-perfect, and there are many cafes and restaurants (with that all-important sea view). There are some excellent coastal walks just a few miles from Tenby, so if you tire of the town make sure to check out these.
This Victorian town has the best of both worlds, being very close to the sea but also within sight of Snowdonia National Park. Visit with a car or transport, so you can take trips out to the mountains and explore other nearby towns and villages. Most of the residents of this area are Welsh speakers, so you will really get a sense of a different culture.