Wales is a beautiful country based on the southwest side of the Isle of Great Britain and it often gets overlooked in favor of Scotland and the emerald isle of Ireland but it has its own unique charm that makes it the perfect escape for those wanting to get back to nature. With Cardiff right on the water, the small state’s capital is beautiful and has its own medieval castle for visitors to check out. But if you want to get away from the city this is how to spend a week in Wales.
First off you will need to decide where you want your base to be or if you want to stay in a couple of different spots. There are many little hotels and bed and breakfasts dotted over the countryside and by the seashore. Llandudno is the best place to stay if you want to stick to the coastline. The St. Brides Spa Hotel sits atop a cliff and features an infinity pool that overlooks the sea. In Cardiff itself, Cathedral 73 offers a beautifully restored Victorian townhouse and breakfasts with all the fixings.
Snowdonia National Park
A visit to Wales would not be complete without at least one or two days spent in Snowdonia. This national park provides the nature lovers with hiking trails galore and the choice to hike up to the top of Snowdon, its namesake which is the highest mountain in Wales at 1,085 meters above sea level. Depending on the season visitors can opt to take the Snowdon Mountain Railway out of Gwynedd to the peak of the mountain if hiking is not a favorite pastime. It is worth it for the views of green valleys and hidden lakes.
There is quite a bit of variation in Welsh cuisine but the dishes that really characterize it are things like Bara Brith which is a kind of fruity bread often made with tea. Glamorgan sausage is also a classic which is actually vegetarian and made of leeks, breadcrumbs, and cheese. There are many other vegetarian soups like Tatws Popty which makes Wales a very good destination for vegetarians. To try some of the best of Welsh cuisine Tyddyn Llan in Corwen offers some of the finest Welsh dining.
Wales is a place that features windswept vistas and ample hiking. This makes it an affordable getaway from the rest of the United Kingdom and a good spot for getting away from city life for a few days or even a couple of weeks.