11 reasons to visit Wales

Did you know that I’m ‘Winglish’? OK, it’s not a real thing but it should be because there are lots of people who feel a little bit Welsh and a little bit English. Therefore we’re Winglish.

I was born in England but I moved to Wales when I was five. I learned Welsh in school, my closest friends are mostly Welsh and I spent my childhood exploring the depths of Wales.

I know I’m technically English but I also feel a loyalty to the Welsh. I love this beautiful country and when I saw Wales described as ‘the underdog of the UK’ I felt a fierce loyalty to stand up for the underdog. Wales shouldn’t be the underdog! Wales is gorgeous and mysterious and stunningly beautiful.

I now live on the England/Wales border and I’ve recently been spending more time exploring Wales.

It took a while to narrow it down but here are 10 reasons why I think you should visit Wales.

 

#1 Waterfalls

Pistyll Rhaeadr Waterfall, WalesPhoto Credit 

Pistyll Rhaeadr Waterfall, Wales.

I don’t need to say any more. Any country with waterfalls like this must be worth visiting!

 

#2 The Beaches

Rhossili Bay Beach in Swansea was the first beach to be voted Britain’s Best Beach by Trip Advisor’s Traveller’s Choice. I’m actually going here at the weekend so be prepared for my Instagram feed to be filled with beach photos!

Gower, South Wales, UK

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#3 Bara Brith

Nothing beats a cup of tea and a slice of Bara Brith.

Bara Brith

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#4 Welsh Castles

Wales may be small but this little country has had over 400 castles. Apparently there are more castles per head than in any other country in the world. Around 100 of them are still standing today.

Conwy Castle

Conwy Castle: Photo Credit

 

#5 The language

Welsh might not be the most beautiful language in the world but it’s pretty cool that this tiny place still has its whole own language. If you’re visiting for the first time, don’t worry, no one else knows how to pronounce the place names either.

llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch

Yes, that’s a real place name

 

#6 The glamping options

You all know I’m a HUGE fan of glamping and Wales has so many unusual glamping options. Want to stay in a treehouse? No problem. How about a yurt? You can do that too. The Welsh have pretty much every glamping option you can think of.

Tree House in Wales

#7 Views like this from your hotel window

What a view to wake up to at Lake Vyrnwy Hotel.

View from Lake Vyrnwy Hotel

#8 Portmerion

Portmerion, the tiny Italian style village is one of the prettiest places I have ever been.

Portmerion village

#9 Festivals

Wales has its fair share of awesome summer festivals. This summer I’ll be a blogging ambassador for Festival No.6 and I can’t wait! (More news on that coming soon)

festival no6

 

#10 Stars

The stars look really pretty in Wales. If you’re coming from London, be prepared to be amazed. When I lived in London I felt like I needed sunglasses at night every time I came home to Wales.

Stars in Wales

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#11 Snowdonia National Park

It’s worth the hike up Snowdon for a view like this. But if you really can’t be arsed with hiking, you can always take the train.

Snowdonia National Park, Wales

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Do you have any more reasons to visit Wales?

 

11 Reasons to Visit Wales

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Monica is the founder and editor of The Travel Hack. She began the blog in 2009 when she left the UK to travel around Asia and Australia for two years. She's now a professional blogger and has travelled around the world in search of stylish adventure travel. Monica has recently had her second baby and is determined to prove that travelling with a baby is possible!

SHOWHIDE Comments (6)
  1. We just returned from North Wales on Tuesday – I loved every minute of our four days there! We stayed in Betws-y-coed and hiked, rode the steam train, and even went down into the slate mine where they have the trampolines. Touristy, sure, but it was super fun, too! Wales is hardly what I’d call an underdog. I’d move from London to northern Wales in a heartbeat if things like jobs weren’t so important. 😉

  2. I love the idea of Winglish! My mum’s family is Welsh and though I’ve never lived there, every summer was split between visiting my Grandma in Barry and then two weeks of summer hols in Porthmadog. Shame my plans to go back this September have been scuppered 🙁

    Can’t wait to hear about Festival No.6 – it looks absolutely incredible – and what a location!

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