The nature of Wales has inspired some of the world’s finest painters and poets – and it’s not hard to see why. With five breathtaking Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, ranging from golden coastline to ancient valleys, the Welsh landscapes have awestruck visitors for thousands of years.
If you’re looking for spectacular scenery, you can’t go wrong with Wales’s three National Parks – the Brecon Beacons, Pembrokeshire Coast, and Snowdonia. Comprising a whopping 20% of the country, these parks promise everything from glacial lakes and tumbling waterfalls to rolling hills and beaches. There’s nowhere better to escape from the clamour of the modern world.
And let’s not forget the parks’ friendly residents. Whether it’s the wild ponies that call the Brecon Beacons home, or the famous puffins of Pembrokeshire, these landscapes are a true haven for nature watchers. Skomer Island, Anglesey, the islands of Cardigan Bay – why not join a boat trip for a closer look at the seabirds and seals of Wales?
Whether you’re a keen walker, cyclist, or even a kayaker, the Wye Valley on the Anglo-Welsh border is the perfect spot to explore under your own steam. This stunning landscape is punctuated by ruined abbeys, sparkling waterways, and ancient woodlands. Or perhaps you prefer the dramatic cliffs of the Welsh west coast?
Wherever has caught your eye, discover the best way to experience these landscapes with our range of expert guides at Wales.org. We have all the information you need to plan a trip you will never forget.