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Sorry it has been a month since the last article, but finally here it is.
A heatwave has been experienced in Europe during the past couple of weeks and even in Wales we have been able to see some sunshine! (So yeah everyone is wearing beachwear 😉 )
When the weather starts being so pleasant you remember how many nice places there are to visit around here. I probably won’t be able to list them all, but below is a list of selected places you should visit while in Wales.
Some of the main cities in South Wales you might want to visit are Cardiff and Swansea. They are not the only cities in Wales obviously, but they are the ones I have visited often (so, sorry if I am not expanding about any others!). Other main cities in Wales are Aberystwyth, Newport, Bangor, St. Davids.
Cardiff (Caerdydd in Welsh) is the capital of Wales. While you are in the city it is possible to visit Cardiff Castle, see the Millennium Stadium or do some shopping in the city centre and through the shopping arcades. Cardiff Bay is also easy to reach and there you can see the Millennium centre where performances and events take place or have a walk along the bay and check the restaurants and shops in that area.
Original image source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Cardiff_Bay_at_night.jpg
Swansea (Abertawe) is an hour away from Cardiff and also on the sea. Although the city centre is not as big, there is a nice beach. Walking along the coast you can reach Mumbles which is the nicest area and it is definitely worth a visit when the sun is shining. There you can simply go for a walk or for a nice meal or ice-cream in one of the restaurants and if you keep walking along the coast you reach various little pebbly bays.
Both Cardiff and Swansea have Universities and many people come to study also from abroad.
View from Mumbles
The Gower peninsula
In the Gower peninsula you will be able to find some of the nicest beaches in the country and on a nice day, a visit there will take your breath away.
Some of the nicest places to visit are: Caswell Bay, Three Cliffs Bay, Oxwich, and my favourite, Rhossili Bay. While in Rhossili you can walk on the beach or climb up the hill and if the tide is low you can try and reach Worm’s Head.
I will let the pictures speak for themselves but when the weather is warm and not too windy, some of these places can be really peaceful and beautiful. They are easy to reach by car or bus from Swansea.
Three Cliffs Bay
Tenby is in Pembrokeshire and it is a lovely city with very nice beaches, ideal on a warm day. The pastel coloured houses and the tourist shops make you feel like you are in a French or Italian seaside town and it is very popular in the Summer. There is a castle as well to visit and the city is easy to reach by car or train.
Original image source: http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Tenby_Harbour_South_Wales.jpg
The Brecon Beacons is a mountain range in Wales with six main peaks and around it lies the Brecon Beacons National Park that covers 1344 km. Some of the activities that you can do in the park include walking, cycling, mountain biking, horse riding, as well as sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, rock climbing, camping and caving.
Snowdonia is another National Park that takes its name from Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales. The park covers 2,140 km2 and has 60 km of coastline. Many people go there for hiking.
Original image source:http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Llyn_Llydaw_from_Crib_Goch_2.jpg
If you like visiting castles, there are many in south and north Wales for you to see. Some of them are not too easy to reach unless you have a car, however others are accessible travelling by train or bus.
In the Cardiff area you can find Cardiff castle, Caerphilly castle and Castle Coch. Caerphilly is a medieval castle built in the 13th century, while castle Coch has been rebuilt in the 19th century on the remains of a 13th century fortification.
Original image source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Cardiff_Castle.JPG
In the Camarthenshire you can visit Carreg Cennen, Dinefwr castle (11th Century) and Kidwelly Castle (12th century) while in Pembrokeshire you can visit Pembroke castle among others.
By Iphrit (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
These are just some of the ones I have visited, but if you check this wiki page you can get an idea of how many castle you can find in Wales in the north and the south (although some of them are now just ruins).
There are also a number of historic houses and properties that you can visit. One I have visited is Dinefwr house and park, in Camarthenshire, which was really beautiful and made for a great day of exploring and visiting. When I visited, a very good exhibition about II World War was also being held there which made the visit all the more interesting.
St. Fagans is an area not far from Cardiff and it is an open air museum about life, culture and architecture in Wales. Visiting this place you can see more than forty re-erected buildings from various parts of Wales and other exhibitions.
As I said, I am aware that this list is not at all exhaustive, but I hope it might help to give you an idea of how many things are there to visit around here!! 🙂
Thanks for reading and fingers crossed that this wasn’t the end of the Welsh ‘Summer’ 😉 !!