Wales has some of the UK’s top rated Blue Flag beaches. The country looks to the sea and with 750 miles of coastline, you are rarely that far from the water. Wales’ seaside resorts, like Mumbles, Tenby and Llandudno have character and style and are popular with holiday makers. Our big cities are on the coast too. Cardiff with its vibrant Bay area and Swansea with its Maritime Quarter, all have connections with the sea.
There are three National Parks in Wales covering an area of 4122 sq km. This represents approximately 20% of the land area of Wales.
Snowdonia is the largest National Park in Wales, there are 100 lakes, 90 mountain peaks, 37 miles of pristine coastline and beaches, Moors and wetlands, a rainbow beetle and lily you won’t find anywhere else on earth. Snowdonia has some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in England and Wales with Snowdon in the North and Cadair Idris in the South. Snowdon is the highest mountain in England and Wales at 1,085m and in Welsh is known as “Yr Wyddfa”. In all there are more than 90 summits over 2,000 feet and 15 0ver 3,000.
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park boasts a wealth of wonderful places to explore and enjoy. Its stunning coastline offers safe, sandy beaches ideal for families, as well as rugged cliffs and secluded rocky coves. It’s a paradise for the wildlife enthusiast, internationally important for its rare habitats and species and offshore lie Pembrokeshire’s unique islands, each with their own special character.
The area’s fascinating past is ever-present in prehistoric tombs, Celtic crosses, Iron Age Hill Forts, Norman castles, medieval churches, Victorian forts and historic towns and villages. The Park is Britain’s only truly coastal National Park, covering 240 sq miles (620 sq km) of spectacular landscape around Wales’ south-western shore.
The Brecon Beacons National Park is also a beautiful part of Wales, with traditional market towns, stunning landscape, canal paths, castles and plenty of family attractions. The scenery here is both beautiful and diverse – rolling countryside and valleys, wide open spaces to the wild beauty of the waterfalls and caves. The park covers 519 square miles stretching from Llandeilo in the west to Hay-on-Wye in the east. The Park seeks to protect and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of an area that contains some of the most spectacular upland formations in Southern Britain. The upper 2 thirds of the Park are made up of old red sandstone which is transected by rivers to form 4 distinct ranges of hills: the Black Mountain, Fforest Fawr, the Central Beacons and, rather confusingly, the Black Mountains. The southern edge of the Park is given over to millstone grit and limestone which houses magnificent caves and passages.