There are few places as rough and rugged as the coast of Wales. This is hands down one of the most underrated destinations in the United Kingdom. However, the beauty of an underrated destination is that you can still enjoy it like a local. Wales is the perfect place to relax and unwind, put your feet up and embrace the local way of life. Here is why you should visit Wales for your next adventure!
Stay by the Seaside
In many destinations around the United Kingdom and Europe at large, staying by the seaside attracts high prices and hard to come by hotel rooms. Wales’ beauty is that it is still affordable and you can find great alternatives to hotels such as cottage rentals dotted around the coastal towns of Wales. Renting a cottage for the week is a great way to feel like a local and get to know one destination at a time. One of our favourite villages, Saundersfoot, can be found in the South of Wales and feels a world away from the hustle and bustle of larger cities.
Read more: A Guide to Visiting the South of Wales
The Welsh Countryside
The best way to see Wales is by driving around the countryside. The rolling hills, endless shades of green and beautiful small villages along the way are just the beginning. These moments are what make the Welsh countryside such a beautiful place to explore. There are some great farm stays and farm cottages for rent which can make you feel like a local.
Coasteering & Coastal Activities
Coasteering is not for the faint-hearted. By definition, coasteering is the activity of movement across a rocky coastline. This can be through any means possible with your body – walking, jumping, swimming… you name it! There are endless coastal activities on offer in throughout the country and many tour operators provide door-to-door services.
The Welsh Beaches
Forget overcrowded beaches and rental umbrellas, the beaches in Wales are untouched and often uninhabited. There are some hidden gems to be found in the South of Wales, especially when travelling off the beaten path. A popular spot to visit is Freshwater West. This beach was used in the scene to bury Dobby from the Harry Potter films (eek!) And while it has become a destination for Harry Potter fans, the beach is often empty! I found myself enjoying the beach entirely to myself.
The Land of Myths and Legends
Considered the land of castles and dragons, Welsh people consider much of their culture based on myths and legends. There are endless castles to discover in Wales and the magic just begins here!