Wales – a country of breathtaking coastlines, untrodden countrysides and idyllic fishing villages. While some people spend their summer hols at a sunny beach, my girlfriend and I took my mother’s twenty year-old estate car and headed off to rainy Wales to get some impressions of this wonderfully beautiful country. Here are some reasons why you should consider doing a road trip across Wales and what you shouldn’t miss:
Tenby was our first major stop during our roadtrip. The old charming fishing village is located in the south west of Wales and is a very attractive travel destination for traveller’s from the whole UK. The tiny medieval alleyways, tempting bars and restaurants make hearts leap for joy.
The Skrinkle Bay campsite
As it is forbidden to sleep in public (even in the car) you’ll need to look out for some affordable B&B’s or campsites on your trip. One of my favourite campsites was definitely a site called Skrinkle Bay which is only a few minutes away from Tenby. You are able to pitch up your camp only a hop away from the cliffs what gives you an incredible view in the morning and a great experience during the night. With £14 per night it’s quite cheap for this area.
The Pembrokeshire Coast Path
Hiking along the coast path is not only a great activity for hard-boiled hikers. Basically the PCP is a 300km hike path but there is one segment that could be the route’s highlight. Near Stackpole you can find a car park with a little cafè where you can start your little hike. Alongside the path you’ll have some stunning ocean views and furthermore you have the chance to enjoy Wales’ most beloved beach – the Barafundle Bay.
The little town is located in the north of Pembrokeshire. On our way to Snowdonia we spent a few hours here to relax while having a coffee in one of the numerous cafès in Fishguard’s town centre.
If the weather permits it’s definitely worth it to spend half a day or more in the coastal village Llangrannog (no clue how to pronounce it) which has a lovely beach and some nice cafès to stop by. Don’t forget to climb up the main street to get a stunning view on the top of the cliffs.
Another city name foreigners will never be able to pronounce. Anyway, the little village with a population of about 600 is one of the loveliest in North Wales. Some of the highlights are the city’s old train station and the adjacent stores, the waterfalls called “Swallow Falls” and Fairy Glen which is a truly fairytale-like place a few miles outside the city.
No, my fingers didn’t slip on the keyboard. This place does really exist. And it’s actually the village with the longest name in Europe (by far). Honestly it’s not the most spectacular place in Wales but taking a picture with the place-name sign is definitely quite cool.
This island in North Wales was my favourite place on the journey and it’s just the perfect end point for a roadtrip across Wales. To get to Ynys Llanddwyn you only have to take off your shoes and walk a few meters from mainland beach to the island. But what’s so special about the island? It’s very hard to describe but with its charm and idyll it lets you cut out any of your sorrows and cares just for a moment (especially when you’re able to enjoy the sunset beyond the endless ocean)