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Wales Travel Tips

Wales Vacation Rentals Make the Perfect Bases for Exploring the Beautiful Country

The tiny country of Wales is just 60 miles (96 kilometers) wide and 170 miles (256 kilometers) long yet it packs in a varied topography from the highest peaks of Snowdonia National Park to long stretches of beautiful sandy beaches. Known as the “Land of Song,” the area has many musicians, choirs and summer festivals called Eisteddfods which are worth attending. The lilting Welsh accent is pleasant to listen to and some locals still speak fluently in Welsh. The Pembrokeshire coastline is spectacularly beautiful and draws many walkers to enjoy its hilly trails. The capital city of Cardiff also has a long and interesting history.

How to Reach Your Wales Holiday Rentals

Wales is very easy to reach by car and the scenery along the way is quite breathtaking. The M6 from the north and the M5/M4 from the south are the main arteries but after that, the journey must be completed on scenic two-lane highways. The main airport is Cardiff International Airport which is just nine miles from the center of Cardiff.

Wales Cottages Offer Comfort, Space and Convenience

There are some charming Wales cottages available for rental in beautiful beach and mountain locations. Offering a comfortable and well equipped home away from home, they make an excellent base for exploring the area. Choose one with ample bedrooms and bathrooms to keep all the family happy with their own private space. Alternatively, choose a larger property and share the costs with family and friends. Most Wales vacation rentals also welcome pets, saving on unnecessary boarding fees. Choosing Wales holiday rentals offers freedom and flexibility and is ideal for those requiring special diets.

Wales Holiday Rentals for Families and Outdoor Enthusiasts

Wales is ideal for hikers, hill walkers, sailing enthusiasts and those who enjoy climbing. The Pembrokeshire coastline is a beautiful unspoiled area with 186 miles of coastline. Walking it would take 2.5 weeks and would involve more climbing in total than Everest! Further north, the Snowdonia National Park offers scenic roads and hiking trails past gushing waterfalls to still lakes and snow-capped peaks. It is also a popular area with mountain bikers who enjoy the challenge of the terrain.

Places to Visit from Your Wales Vacation Rentals

Cardiff, the capital of Wales, has a historic castle and plenty of shops, restaurants and attractions around the former docklands, now developed as Cardiff Bay. The Museum of Welsh life has rows of restored 19th-century cottages, showing the typical life of working families 200 years ago. Traditional Welsh crafts are demonstrated on this 100-acre site.

Wales has many impressive fortresses and castles along its coastline which are still well maintained, including Harlech, Carmarthan and Criccieth castles in the north, and Cardiff, Pembroke and Castle Coch in the south. They make a fascinating day out and children will enjoy scrambling up the staircases and along the ramparts.

Cross the bridge over the Menai Straits and enjoy a day on the island of Anglesey with its famous lighthouse and plentiful birds and wildlife. Small towns and villages are spread all over Wales making touring a real delight. Often built of Welsh slate, they have pretty high streets lined with gift shops which sell local foods including cheese and welshcakes. Betws-y-coed, Rhos-on-Sea, Conwy and Ruthin are some lovely examples to head for.

The Weather in Wales

Due to its high mountains and westerly location, Wales gets slightly more rain than England but the coastal areas can be warm and sunny in the summer. While June to August are the hottest months with highs reaching 68F (20 C) and above; May and September can be just as lovely but with cooler evenings. Warm clothing is essential for those exploring higher areas such as Snowdonia National Park, and waterproof gear should always be carried.

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