Wales, beautiful place

February 19, 2016
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3.jpgWales might not be the first place you might think of when booking a weekend staycation, but it should be. It's got beaches to rival Bali, Italian-esque coastal villages, mighty mountains and surfing that could give Australia's Gold Coast a run for its money - and you won't even need your passport.

And what better excuse than St David's Day (March 1) to celebrate the highly Instagrammable beauty of Wales.

1. Tenby, Pembrokeshire

A walled seaside town in south Wales, Tenby is one of the country's most iconic seaside towns. As well as visiting its three Bali-style beaches - North, South and Castle - you can play golf, hire kayaks and go mackerel fishing. Those with kids should stop in at the Tenby Museum and Art Gallery.

2. Gower Pensinsula

A short drive from Swansea, the Gower Peninsula was designated at the UK's first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1956. It has everything from wild moors to limestone cliffe, which give way to vast swathez of golden, sandy beaches. The water is where all the action likes however - it's a magnet for surfers and kite-surfers alike.

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3. Three Cliffs Bay

4.jpgYou might be forgiven for thinking these jaunty peaks and turquoise waters are in Thailand - but actually these three limestone cliffs and sand dunes are in the Gower Peninsula. This photogenic shoreline is the ideal picnic spot during a romp on the Gower Coast walk.

4. Portmeirion Village

Along the shoreline of North Wales, you'll find the no-filter-needed-village of Portmeirion in Gwynedd. Designed and built by Sir Clough William-Ellis between 1925 and 1975 in the style of an Italian village. As well as serving as the location for numerous TV shows and films, Portmeirion is also the fantasy location of newish boutique Festival No 6.

5. Brecon Beacons

Iceland or Wales? It's hard to tell. The Brecon Beacons National Park is a rich seam of natural beauty to explore that's practically free from light and noise pollution. For a stunning view, trek to Pen-y-Fan, the highest point in South Britain.

6. Barafundle Bay

Nestled between cliffs, beautiful Barafundle bears a striking resemblance to a secluded bay on a Greek island. It used to be owned by the Cawdor family of nearby Stackpole Court and was their private beach - now it's frequently named one of the best beaches in Britain, and often the world.

7. Snowdonia National Park

Packed with mountains and glaciers, the expansive Snowdonia could easily be mistaken for New Zealand. The Snowdon Mountain Railway climbs to Wales' highest summit to offer panoramic views across the sea to Iceland. You'll also find an extensive network of trailes, more than 100 lakes and endless craggy peaks to hike.

8. Langland Bay

A coastal stretch to rival the Gold Coast of Australia, Langland Bay is a mecca for wave-chasers. Its sheltered aspect and an off shore reef create different levels of swell to suit all abilities - surfers' paradise. Or, of course, you can just watch all the action from your deck-chair on the beach.

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