When dreaming of our next summer holiday, many of us will be thinking of jetting off to sunnier climes. However, with so much to explore at home, do we really need to go abroad to have a good holiday?
A report in The Independent predicts a “post-Brexit” rise in the number of UK holidaymakers opting to stay in the country rather than venturing further afield. If you’re looking to ditch the long-haul flights and hectic airports this summer, here are some reasons that Wales could be the perfect holiday destination for you.
Although Wales has a somewhat unfair reputation for being gloomy, it actually has some beautiful areas of coastline and award-winning beaches that are just as enjoyable for soaking up the summer sun. In fact, Gower’s Rhossili beach has been voted the ninth best in the world according to TripAdvisor.
It’s a thrillseekers’ paradise
If you love an active holiday, there is plenty in Wales to get your adrenaline pumping. Not only is Wales the zip lining capital of the world, boasting some of the longest and scariest zip lines on the planet, but it’s also a great place to surf. The Conwy Valley has its very own artificial wave lagoon for experienced and novice surfers alike.
The miles of coastline, bleak valleys and individual islands offer a wealth of wildlife-spotting opportunities for animal enthusiasts. Welsh Coast Campers can expect to see puffins, falcons and even sharks and whales off the Welsh coastline.
The ultimate camping experience
If you’re a camping fan, there are plenty of stunning campsites for Welsh Coast Campers. However, one tour operator in Anglesey offers a truly jaw-dropping camping experience. Suspended from one of the famous Anglesey cliffs, campers sleep on a nylon bed in a fabulous experience that’s not for the faint-hearted.
One for the train enthusiasts
If you’re into all things rail-related, Wales is a great holiday spot for you. The iconic Ffestiniog railway – a notoriously narrow heritage track – runs through the Snowdonia National Park, making for a delightful, picturesque trip. Wales is also home to some of the quaintest and quietest train stations in the country, such as Sugar Loaf. It’s well worth a visit, if only for the novelty value.