One of the reasons why I love Europe if for how easy is to reach the nature and I tried to take advantage of the great public transportation network as much as I can.
England, a country which is always on the way somehow and a country which never appealed me, turned to be a challenge for myself. And a travel challenge for a world traveler must turn into an unforgettable trip. And this is how I discovered Wales.
First impression: Wales is not England, welsh are not British. People are kind. They are curious to know about Romania. They are friendly and kind. They share with you lots of tips about their country. They belong to the place for generations. The tourists are locals. The food is better, the ice-cream is tasty. The landscape is different. The cities have weird names which takes you days of practice to remember them.
The piece of cake of Wales is Snowdonia, the national park which hosts the highest mountain in Wales – Snowdon. But I’ll leave this to the end.
Places I recommend to do in Wales:
- Bangor, small but big city in Wales, the most city like place in the list. It is the harbor to get around in northern Wales.
- Conwy, one street city as locals call it, it has a special charm with the Conwy Castle which offers a great view to the sea, mountains and the city. It is famous for the creamy ice-cream and the smallest house in England. If you are lucky some locals will explain you how they use to live thousand years ago.
- LLanberis, the lake and Snowdon Mountain railway are the main attacking. It is the entry point to Snowdonia National Park. It is a small town with lots of options for outdoor sports. if you come by public transportation check the time table in advance. The bus service is limited and doesn’t run till late night.
- Llandudno, the favorite retirement destination for a lot of reach people, great place to enjoy a laid back vacation, quite luxurious, but affordable. With 2 shores, and a great chains of budget hotels facing the sea, the town is perfect to change the city noise and polluted air with an old style Welsh city with great weather. If you are luck you may get to see a shore full of Porsche
- Snowdonia National Park. There are 2 options to discover this amazing place and a dozes of luck to enjoy it under the sun. You can take Snowdon Mountain Railway, booking in advance is a must, especially for sunny summer days, or you can hike it. If you chose the 2nd option, makes sure you are well equipped: some parts are quite steep, the temperatures drop as you ascend, the wind gets stronger, the way is long. You will need the full day and a good physical condition to do it. But ones you are on top, everything will worth it.