Discover the Best of Wales in 5 Days

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Wales is one of my favorite destinations. With its stunning natural landscapes, rich history, and warm hospitality, Wales offers something for every type of traveler. Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast, a history buff, or a foodie, Wales has it all.

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Day 1: Cardiff

a small city on a bay

Start your Welsh adventure by exploring the capital city of Cardiff. Visit the iconic Cardiff Castle, take a stroll through the beautiful Bute Park, and explore the National Museum Cardiff. Don't miss a visit to the vibrant Cardiff Bay area, which is full of restaurants, cafes, and shops. For a unique experience, take a water taxi from the city center to the bay.

Insider tip: Try the Welsh cakes, a traditional Welsh treat, at Fabulous Welshcakes in Cardiff Bay.

Day 2: Snowdonia National Park

a national park on a sunny day with clouds with many large lakes

Take a scenic drive to Snowdonia National Park, where you can explore the stunning natural landscapes of Wales. Hike to the summit of Mount Snowdon, the highest peak in Wales, for breathtaking views of the surrounding area. Alternatively, take a leisurely stroll around one of the park's many lakes, such as Llyn Padarn or Llyn Ogwen.

Insider tip: Stop by the Caffi Caban in the village of Brynrefail for delicious locally sourced food and drink.

Day 4: Conwy

a small town on the water with a castle in the countryside

Explore the medieval town of Conwy, which is home to the impressive Conwy Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walk along the town's historic walls, visit the smallest house in Great Britain, and take a stroll along the picturesque harbor. For a unique experience, take a boat trip to see the resident seals and puffins.

Insider tip: Grab a bite to eat at the award-winning Conwy Brewery, which serves a range of locally brewed beers.

Day 5: Gower Peninsula

cliffs jet off over the ocean

Head to the Gower Peninsula, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, for a day of exploring. Visit the stunning Three Cliffs Bay, take a walk along the coastal path, and visit the charming village of Mumbles. Don't miss a visit to the Worm's Head, a rocky outcrop that is only accessible during low tide.

Insider tip: Stop by the Gower Brewery, which serves a range of locally brewed beers, including the popular Gower Gold.

Day 5: Hay-on-Wye

a river in a countryside with farm land and trees

Finish your Welsh adventure in the charming town of Hay-on-Wye, which is known for its numerous bookshops and literary festivals. Browse the shelves of the town's many bookstores, explore the ruins of Hay Castle, and take a walk along the picturesque River Wye.

Insider tip: Stop by Richard Booth's Bookshop, which claims to be the largest second-hand bookshop in the world.

Need to Know

For more travel tips, check out my guide, The Hidden Gems of Shetland: A 5-Day Itinerary.

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