101 places to go – St David’s Day special

Llangennith Beach on the Gower Peninsula in Wales

With St David’s Day just around the corner we thought we’d take the opportunity to celebrate some of the most beloved, beautiful and just plain fun attractions in the country to which he claims patronage.

Wales’ attractions are as wonderful and varied as the surrounding landscape. From Castle Coch’s gothic spires reaching high above the green trees over the River Taff to the majestic Alpine topography of Snowdonia, by way of Cardiff’s millennium waterfront and the gentle lolling waters of Lake Bala – there’s so much to enjoy in the ‘Land of Song’ that the only downside is finding the time to enjoy it all.

So, instead of choosing just one location to celebrate in Wales, we’re going to cheat a little and suggest a handful of our favourite attractions. Unfortunately, we can’t list them all but we’d love to hear your favourites in the comments section below.

• Wales is so filled with stunning scenes and wonderful vistas that you’ll no doubt be short of breath before you begin your exploration. So you may take some comfort from the fact that you can explore one of its most iconic landscapes from the relaxing comfort of a steam locomotive. The Brecon Mountain Railway takes you into the very heart of the Beacons along the gentle shores of the Taf Fechan reservoir.

• Those looking to enjoy Wales’ coastal scenery would do well to head to the Gower Peninsula. The first area in Britain to be crowned an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’, the Gower offers miles of stunning coastline comprised of hills, valleys, caves, Blue Flag beaches and historic castles.

• While Wales isn’t short of natural wonders, its man-made conurbations are no less impressive. Cardiff’s millennial makeover has made it the go-to place for those looking for a cosmopolitan getaway among the wonderful Welsh landscape. So while Wales’ capital is justly proud of its rich history there’s a wealth of contemporary attractions to enjoy too!

• A less typical celebration of Wales can be found at the popular tourist village of Portmeirion. Started by architect Sir Bertram Clough Williams-Ellis in the 1920s, the aim of the village’s striking design was to recreate the Mediterranean amongst the region’s natural beauty. Judging from visitor numbers, we’d have to say it was something of a success!

If you’re looking for a place to celebrate St David’s Day take a look at our featured holiday cottages in Wales today.

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