My highlights: Favorite places in North Wales
Wales is definitely a paradise for landscape lovers. The endless shores, the flocks of sheep in the middle of nowhere and also the diving in this country in the UK, will amaze you. If you appreciate going for walks, hiking, small towns, and good food, you'll love Wales more than anything else. The almost frighteningly friendly, attentive and charming nature of the Welsh will amaze you. (Many Viennese should follow suit!)
Travelling in Wales is easy, comfortable and just good for the soul. Here is a list of places you shouldn't miss while in Wales:
View from Mynydd Dref in Conwy
Just outside Conwy, beautiful hills are waiting for you. One of them is Mynydd Dref – Conwy Mountain. But I would not call it a mountain, because it is more like a pleasant walk than a hike to get to the top of the hill. Yet, it is incredibly beautiful. The views over Conwy, the bay, Llandudno on the opposite side and the green backland are just overwhelming.
Be sure to pack your raincoat or windbreaker because it gets very windy up here!
Fortress of Conwy
Exploring the old fortress of Conwy seems to be a journey back in time. The 21st century gives way to the Middle Ages and really does not lack much – actors perhaps to complete the picture.
In the chapel, however, you will discover a window that, at a closer look, features modern elements. A bicycle, a mobile phone and a few other little things. May the guessing game begin!
Vivian Quarry in Llanberis
Divers will agree: The old slate quarry in Llanberis is just a dream come true. A visit is also worth it for non-divers.
Next to the Quarry Museum on the other side of a stone archway lies a small magical world. Especially when the light falls through the green leaves.
Find out why diving at the quarry is just magical here.
Long run in Llandudno
The bay of Llandudno with its wide promenade is not only wonderful for long walks, but also perfect for all runners.
And although I was only planning to walk along the promenade by the sea, I was so motivated and intrigued by the beauty of the landscape that I added the Little Orme hills to the east of the bay and the Great Orme to the west of the bay. 16km later and with a never-ending feeling of happiness I came back to the hotel exhausted. Conclusion: even though I hardly ever run more than 10 km, the beautiful views and the stunning hills made it all worth while. The sheep did not get confused either.
Tea in Betws-y-Coed
The Alpine Coffee Shop is located directly in the station building.
Flying Fox in an old quarry in Blaenau Ffestiniog
Quarries and Wales seem to be a natural match. And the creativity of the Welsh to use these vacant places seems limitless. The quarry in Blaenau Ffestiniog was transformed into an indoor climbing garden, the ZIP World. The former underground construction is not completely illuminated and it seems like a mystical underworld.
Tree trunks, zip lines, wobbly bridges, platforms, … fun is guaranteed and the ambience is just great! (The zip lines were a little too adventurous for me, but it was still good fun.)
What are your favourite places in North Wales?
I have collected tips for your trip to North Wales in this article here.
It's time to put Wales on your bucket list!
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