First time on the board, looks like a wealth of knowledge here and I hope I can contribute!
Anyway, I'm asking for help regarding a trip I'm planning to Wales. I'm renting a car and driving around for a week and my main goals are to get as good of a feel for the country as I can while still not missing some of the more famous attractions.
What interests me most in the country (aside from the massive castles) are the small villages, and I was hoping someone had some experience living there or traveling there and could recommend some places not to miss. Any other info relevant to a trip there would be greatly appreciated.
I've been to Wales a few times and its truly a beautiful place to visit. i'd advise going to:
Brecon - mid Wales, home to the Brecon Beacons (mountains) country park
Anglesey - Small island to the North West of Wales, home to loads of quaint little villages, untouched by man!
Snowdonia - home of Mount Snowdon, a very picturesque area
Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch - the town with the longest name in Britian! Check out this website: http://llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.co.uk/
Pretty much all of the North West and West coast of Wales is very rural, lots of little villages and quaint houses on cobbled streets!
The South and East of Wales is more inhabited and built up.
St Davids in Pembrokeshire is a nice seaside town. And you can go surfing there too! Hooray!
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Thanks a lot for the info, definitely want to check out those places. Also heard some good things about Hay-on-Wye, the "second-hand book capital of the world". Anyone been there? Or are there any castles that stand out? Or anyone from Wales with a home-country perspective?
Lastly, I'll be sure to check out Cardiff since it is the capital city, any nightlife activities there? Thanks!
It's a good life!
Cardiff is definitiely the place to see, Cardiff Castle is right in the middle of the city and was restored 100 years ago and is still used for various functions. You've also got the Millenium stadium (the national stadium and where all major football matches are being played). The nightlife is great, be sure to check out St Mary's street (runs opposite the castle) as most bars can be found there.
Snowdonia (in NOrth Wales) is definitely worth a look, as is Brecon (as previously mentioned). Also worth popping down the M4 to Swansea if you are hiring a car as you can travel on through to the gower, fantastic beaches out that way, unspoilt (as yet!)
Hope this isn't all too late!
Pembrokshire has stunning coastline and some great beaches! Barafundle Bay is one of my fave beaches in Wales.
I live in Cardiff so if you have any questions please ask.