Enter The Dragon: Why Wales Is Totally Underrated

Planning a holiday with the family or a weekend break with someone special in your life requires a lot of research. There are some typical weekend ideas, from the breath-taking views from the Eiffel Tower in Paris, to exploring the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican rooms in Italy. Wherever you choose for your weekend away, you should be sure to go for somewhere with great scenery, great food and even better beaches. It’s for that reason, you should look at Wales.

Wales is one of those fabulous countries where you can get a mix up of medieval castles, hike up the sides of mountains and lay on award-winning beaches without having to travel too far. Taking a holiday in Gower, for example, will afford you beaches that have been marked as areas of outstanding natural beauty, castles to explore and wildlife to discover. Shopping lovers will be excited about Cardiff, the country’s capital city. Packed full of beautiful museums and churches and shops of all varieties, Cardiff is also by the sea, giving you a lovely balance of tranquility on the doorstep of the large shopping centres. Cardiff is also a city of sports lovers, with Cardiff stadium holding rugby matches regularly so for an exciting performance, heading there is a good idea!

You could almost be in Italy in some places in Wales. No, really! The coastal town of Portmeirion in North Wales was designed based on a small Italian village, meaning that the baroque buildings can almost make you feel like you’re on the Riviera. Italy may have some fantastic beaches, but they don’t truly compare to Rhossili in the earlier mentioned Gower. Rhossili beach has previously been voted as the best beach in the UK, with unspoilt scenery and perfect, sugary sand to walk on. It’s also one of the beaches that have been voted the best in world, and made 9th in the top ten. So if you can find beaches that win awards in Wales, why go abroad? With the abundance of valleys, Wales is simply packed with wildlife. You don’t just get basking sharks and dolphins in the water, but you can find puffins and whales. Whales in Wales - absolutely! You can spot some of these amazing creatures in The Skerries, Brecon Beacons, Anglesey and Snowdonia. Trainspotters and rail enthusiasts will love being able to ride the Ffestiniog Railway, going through the foothills of Snowdonia National Park while travelling from the harbours of Porthmadog to Blaenou Ffestiniog. 

Choosing to travel over to Wales won’t be a mistake. You rarely find a country as small as Wales which is huge on culture and excitement and especially one which is highly underrated. When we go on holiday, we want beauty, relaxation and to soak up a culture that we aren’t used to. So whether you choose to climb the heights of mount Snowdon or take the tram at Llandudno up The Orme, you can expect a holiday that caters to everyone in the family. Take a chance on this little piece of the world for your next break!

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