Maybe it’s because it’s so near that you get the feeling that the exotic jewels of Wales are sometimes overlooked – it’s just a skip away from the South West, after all, and you often miss what’s right under your nose.
Near enough to be doable, and far enough away to feel completely refreshing, Wales has a host of opportunities for short breaks, from city excursions to skipping down the fabulous wilderness or ozone-drenched coastline.
And there’s art and adventure in Wales, which are a real draw. The National Museum in Cardiff has one of Europe’s finest collections, but you don’t have to stick to the capital. There’s the Gynn Vivian Art Gallery in Swansea, which has Old Masters alongside the likes of Hepworth, Nicholson, Nash. And in Llandudno, the Oriel Mostyn promises to be one of the most beautiful galleries in Britain.
Wales is renowned for its sport, and there are a whole host of events throughout the year. But you don’t have to just watch. You can enjoy activities in a more sedate style while taking in Wales’ natural beauty. There are plenty of opportunities to walk in Wales, for the novice or those more seasoned to stepping out.
If you prefer to breathe in Wales’ rich cultural history, there’s plenty of opportunity, from Romans mining for gold to experiencing the coal mining at the Big Pit. Plus there are lots of craggy castles to explore.
Take a look at the movie for a glimpse of what Wales has to offer, and click-through for a full list of events and attractions to explore. Croeso i Gymru, as they say.