Why You Should Visit Wales as an Older Traveller


It’s official – this August is set to be one of the hottest in an hundred years. The lovely weather, the long days and the bank holiday on the 25th make it the perfect time to take a minibreak, and where better than Wales? It has beautiful countryside and thriving luxury hospitality sector, you’ll be glad you swapped that £200 plane ticket for the Severn Bridge’s £6 toll charge. Even with specialist insurance companies getting insured to go abroad when you are older can be much more expensive, so by staying UK, you’ll save even more money.

Beaches

Successive waves of invaders from the Continent and Scandinavia displaced the native British population west. Perhaps it is for this reason that it is often said that Wales is what’s left of England. Regardless, Wales’ west-facing outlook has afforded it some world class beaches on the Irish Sea, a definitive list of which can be found here. They include some of the least polluted, and populated, in Europe; and you don’t even need your passport.

Visit Wales Beaches

Visit Wales Beaches

Routes

Perhaps you couldn’t choose from that amazing list? If you are a keen rambler you may want to try the newly-devised Wales Coast Path. It is remarkable in that it is the first complete national coast-line route ever constructed, and picking a few segments to explore, on foot or in saddle, will ensure that you see your fair share of beautiful coast-line.

In the north is the famous Snowdonia national park, which has a variety of walks and trails, with something to suit all ages and abilities, as well as the highest mountains in the country. The area is also a hotbed of gourmet and boutique food and hospitality, with many luxury hotels and restaurants to compliment the beautiful scenery.

Snowdonia national park

Snowdonia national park

Culture

Any trip to Wales reveals a rich national identity. Great sites like the National Museum in Cardiff or St. Fagan’s National History Museum are of course well worth a visit, but they’ll always be there. Why not use the summer weather to explore some more aestival activities?

The Brecon Jazz Festival looks great this year with legend Greg Porter and Laura Mvula headlining. Set in the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park, the festival is one of the leading jazz festivals in the UK. Last year Patti Smith played Green Man festival, in the Usk Valley, and this year looks like another great line up, with music, poetry and comedy. The National Eisteddfod is Wales’ national festival, is held in Carmarthenshire this year and is a celebration of Welsh culture, with food, art and music for the whole family.

Brecon Beacons National Park

Brecon Beacons National Park

 

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