The idyllic coast of South Whales is dotted with sandy beaches, resorts and Norman castles. The massive fortress at Pembroke with its fantastic panoramic views offers a particularly striking example of medieval architecture. Nearby Pembrokeshire Coastal National Park protects the remote coves and soaring cliffs along the coastline from urban development. The captivating landscape is best enjoyed by a quiet walk through the park.
Mountain viewpoint with sea view
The Welsh seaside resort with 11,000 inhabitants is located on Cardigan Bay. The locals often shorten it's name to “Aber”. On the top of Constitution Hill is a park with restaurants, arcades and a camera obscura. From up there you have the best view of the city and along the coast, which already inspired the painter William Turner. A meandering walkway to the top was created as part of the project. You can also take the Aberystwyth Cliff Railway, city cable car of 1896. The three-kilometer-long beach promenade is dotted with cafes.
Moors, mountains and dense forests
The Brecon Beacons (Welsh: Bannau Brycheiniog) are a mountain chain in southeast Wales. The name refers to the medieval mountaintop beacons used to warn of marauding Angle Saxons. The mountain chain forms the center of Brecon Beacons National Park, which covers nearly 1,400 square kilometers and is probably the most beautiful of the three Welsh national parks. Just west of the Beacons lies Fforest Fawr, a large dense forest that has been declared a UNESCO Geopark. The national park is a great place for hiking, biking, horseback riding, sailing, windsurfing and canoeing.
Picturesque ruins on the River Wye
Among graceful hills between England and Wales stands one of the most beautiful ruins of the British Isles: Tintern Abbey on the west banks of the meandering river Wye. The abbey was founded in 1131 by Cistercian monks. After the dissolution of the order under Henry VIII., the abbey fell into disrepair. Its picturesque remnants have inspired famous landscape painters such as William Turner. Nearby is Caerwent, the most important and best preserved Roman city in Wales.