Steeped in rich history with strong cultural traditions and magnificent scenery, from flourishing green valleys and woodland to sandy beaches and rugged coastline, Wales offers its visitors a wealth of diverse experiences and sights. Boasting five Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, three national parks and numerous lively towns, the country is perfect for any type of trip. Holiday cottages in Wales are found across the region and each location benefits from its own unique attractions and landscape. With a variety of interesting museums and galleries, over 600 castles to visit, fun activities and spectacular views just waiting to be discovered, a journey to Wales has something to appeal to every taste.
Some of the country's most breathtaking scenery surrounding holiday cottages in Wales can be found in its national parks, which combined cover an impressive area of 4122 square miles. Snowdonia National Park is located in the north and is home to the tallest mountain in the country, showcasing a picturesque landscape of lakes, mountains, wetlands and moors. The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is unique in the fact that it is a primarily coastal, covering around 240 miles of the West Coast. The remaining park, Brecon Beacons, is found in the south of the country. Holiday cottages in Wales in this area can enjoy sights of a magnificent mountain range of the same name, spectacular waterfalls and sweeping valleys. These areas not only provide fantastic views, they play an integral role in Welsh society by housing a large number of villages and towns.
Holiday cottages in Wales are available to rent in a range of locations and are a great base for a variety of activities and sports that are suitable for all ages and abilities. Walking, cycling and horse riding are popular and there are a number of trails and routes throughout the valleys as well as beautiful national parks. Water sports such as surfing and adrenaline pursuits like abseiling, climbing and paragliding are also catered for with 750 miles of coastline featuring prestigious Blue Flag beaches, secluded coves and craggy cliffs. Many holiday cottages in Wales are located within a reasonable distance of some of the country's most popular beaches, such as the golden sands of Rhossili Bay along the Gower Peninsula, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Another is the well-known surfing site of Whitesands beach in Pembrokeshire.
Wherever the accommodation is situated you will be able to find a wealth of activities to enjoy. There are often outdoor centres in the local vicinity where you can partake in a number of lessons and programmes such as archery, bushcraft and dry slope skiing. In addition, holiday cottages in Wales are ideal for avid golfers and fishermen, with over 200 golf courses across the region and a number of lakes and rivers with an abundance of fish, including Wild Brown Trout and Grayling. Wildlife watchers also have plenty of potential sightings from the country's diverse countryside and coastline, from Welsh Mountain ponies grazing in the Brecon Beacons National Park to seals and dolphins off the Pembrokeshire Coast.
If you are looking for something a little more metropolitan whilst renting a holiday cottage in Wales, try paying a visit to an exciting city like Swansea, Newport or the country's capital, Cardiff. The city of Cardiff is perfect for a shopping trip, offering an array of designer, high-street and independent establishments and has a reputation for its nightlife, providing a selection of fantastic restaurants, welcoming pubs and busy nightclubs. Holiday cottages in Wales can also be found close to traditional villages and towns that offer a range of great local produce and crafts. The seaside area of Mumbles, near Swansea, is a popular location with a medieval castle and a notable pier with seafront bars. More unusual places include the charming town of Llanwrtyd Wells, home to the World Bog Snorkelling Championships.
Many holiday cottages in Wales are close to attractions of great historical and cultural significance. There is an eclectic array of museums and galleries in the area, from the National Roman Legion Museum in Newport to the National Museum in Cardiff, which houses an impressive collection of Impressionist art. Also located in Cardiff is the open-air St Fagan's National History Museum, a popular heritage attraction where you can explore the aspects of Welsh life throughout the ages, all in the spectacular backdrop of St Fagan's castle and its beautiful grounds. Families staying at holiday cottages in Wales have a selection of activity centres, parks and zoos to choose from such as the Anglesey Sea Zoo, the country's biggest aquarium, and the National Botanical Gardens, where guests can enjoy an array of plants and the world's largest single span glasshouse.