Wales is a brilliant country to visit all year around, but there’s something about the winter season that gives it that little extra sparkle. Once the autumn winds have stripped the beautiful trees bare and the sun disappears below the horizon, Wales becomes mystical, dark and the perfect time to uncover the real Wales. Here are the top 5 reasons you should visit Wales in winter.
01. Windswept Walks
When you visit Wales in winter, you’ll be greeted with miles and miles of windswept beaches and near-deserted coastline almost to yourself. From Colwyn Bay beach to the seaside town of Rhyl, you can beat the tourists and feel like you’re completely at one with nature and its surroundings. Discover nature walks at Penrhyn, or enjoy stunning views over the Faenol, Menai Strait, and Snowdonia as you walk through the tranquil grounds of Plas Newydd. This is only a snapshot of the walks available – you will simply be spoilt for choice. So pop on your best walking boots, wrap up warm and get moving!
02. Country Pubs and Villages
There’s something quite hearty about stopping by a local village pub for some food and a warm drink after a day of adventure. Thankfully, Wales has no shortage of these. One of our favourites is Porthmadog, a quaint Welsh harbour town filled with charisma and charm. Porthmadog is rich in maritime history and is a perfect base for touring the beautiful surrounding area. It sparkles in winter and if you find yourself needing accommodation in Porthmadog, there’s plenty of places perfect for a winter weekend getaway.
03. Christmas Markets
Nothing says winter like a beautiful Christmas market filled with all your favourite treats and gifts. Christmas markets are held throughout all of Wales in winter and are generally held in typical town squares or market areas. All of the Christmas markets sell food and drink along with your typical seasonal items from open-air stalls, accompanied by traditional dancing and singing. These markets are inspired by the traditions that started in Germany – but Wales does a brilliant replica!
04. Embrace Welsh Traditions
Another great thing about winter in Wales is that many of the Welsh traditions take place during the winter months, including Hen Galan, which is the Welsh New Year; Noson Gyflaith, which is known as the toffee making tradition and St Dwynwen’s Day, known as the Welsh Valentine’s Day – an excuse to celebrate twice! You’ll have the opportunity to get a first-hand experience of traditional Welsh culture, food, and drink. You can truly embrace the life and atmosphere of a local.
05. Christmas in Snowdonia
Winter means there is plenty happening at the beautiful Snowdonia, from stargazing, fairs and more. Or if you’re an experienced walker then the Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia have their own winter charm of untouched snow and snow-capped peaks. There’s nothing quite like winter than a beautiful snowy view of the mountains and Wales will treat you to some of the most beautiful views around.
This is just a snapshot of the amazing things on offer during winter in Wales. You will simply be spoilt for choice. Embrace Welsh nature at its finest and stumble across wild waterfalls, mysterious castle ruins and ancient sites and some good surf spots if you can handle the temperature. A winter break to Wales is perfect for any length of time, you won’t run out of things to do whether you’re on a week-long holiday or a romantic weekend break.
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