Commonly associated with the red dragon, leeks, and daffodils, Wales is a nation steeped in history and culture.

As a result, Wales makes for one mighty fine staycation for explorers looking to bask in the natural beauty of the Welsh lands. From rugged cliff tops to national landmarks, there’s a lot of adventure and joy to be had with a trip to this part of the UK.

And, with so many scenic places to stay including cosy cottages, picturesque campsites, and lodges with hot tubs, Wales is a top choice for those looking for a UK getaway.

Here’s the Halfords guide on the best places to have a staycation in Wales.

1.     Portmeirion

If you’re looking for a private and tranquil staycation in Wales, the private village of Portmeirion is perfect. Located near Porthmadog in North Wales, you’ll be treated to Italy-esque brightly coloured buildings and gorgeous views overlooking the calm waters.

In the evening, the village closes its doors to the public, giving staycation visitors and locals full access to its natural beauty.

Our recommendation: stock up on all your picnic essentials with Halfords and make this staycation a number one priority for you and a loved one. The hilltop views and colourful backdrop is worthy of a Shakespeare sonnet.

2.     Skomer Island

Love wildlife? Then Skomer Island has all the staycation ingredients to cause a flap. Located less than a mile off the Pembrokeshire coast, you can see puffins, dolphins and even seals gracefully going about their business.

And if that wasn’t enough, the island is a sight to behold in the spring when all the bluebells cover every inch possible across the island.

Why not take a boat trip around the island, to witness the tranquillity in all its glory. Options include low-speed cruises or a high-speed sea safari, so you can fully take in the stunning scenery and wildlife at your own pace.

Our recommendation: if you’re wondering where to stay in Wales with the kids, Skomer Island should definitely be at the top of your list. The incredible wildlife on offer will give your little explorers something to marvel at.

3.     Merthyr Mawr

Home to Europe’s second-highest sand dunes, known as the Big Dipper, Merthyr Mawr is a beach bum’s paradise. What’s more, you can complete your staycation by visiting the medieval Candleston Castle and the Norman Ogmore Castle.

For those who love wildlife and the outdoors, the Nerthyr Mawr Warren National Nature Reserve is a must. With plenty of waymarked trails, you can take an adventurous trek, whilst savouring the wonderful views.

Each year Merthyr Mawr also hosts the ‘Forest Feastival’, an outdoor food festival featuring street food from chefs across Wales and beyond, using local ingredients.

Our recommendation: Merthyr Mawr is a staycation ideal for families, friends and couples alike. Have a picnic and take a dip in the sea, just don’t forget a coolbox to keep your drinks and snacks chilled in the warmer months.

4.     Blaenau Ffestiniog

If you have your heart set on a hike up Snowdonia, staying in the nearby mining town of Blaenau Ffestiniog acts as a wonderful retreat.

The town is home to surrounding slate landscapes that have become the UK’s 32nd UNESCO World Heritage site.

As well as stunning scenery, there are plenty of activities to delve into. You can continue an action-packed staycation by visiting Bounce Below and Zip World Caverns – where you’ll have the opportunity to go caving, trampolining and zip wiring in slate caverns.

Our recommendation: this staycation isn’t for the faint-hearted and is best suited to those who love to explore. Just remember, all of those activities will require a lot of extra clothing and bags in the car, so you might want to consider buying a roofbox for extra storage.

For more tips on how to choose a roofbox, take a look at our blog on how to choose a roofbox.

And there you have it, some of our top picks for the best places to have a staycation in Wales.

To discover more staycation tips and ideas, take a look at the Halfords blog today.

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