Easter Breaks in Wales

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Easter Breaks in Wales - 4 of the Best

Still haven't made your mind up what to do this Easter? To help you on your way, weíve picked out four of the best ideas for Easter breaks in Wales.

1) Best for friends

Langland Bay Penthouse - sleeps 6

With amazing beaches, seriously good places to eat and great shopping, Mumbles is always going to be a safe bet for an Easter break with friends. And this penthouse apartment overlooking Langland Bay is one of the best places to enjoy it from. With its comfortable light-filled rooms, Italian sofas and large garden with patio furniture and BBQ, you can get your seaside fix without skimping on style.

The19-mile long Gower Peninsula includes some of Walesí best beaches including Rhossili, voted Britainís best beach. Watersports are a major draw, especially surfing, but you can also choose from a number of boat trips. For mountain biking enthusiasts, the Afan Forest, one of the premier trails in the UK is a must.

But it doesnít have to be all go go go. At Langland, you can simply kick back watch the world go by. A favourite with surfers, Langland is a large and laid-back sandy beach fringed with beach huts and a very good cafť brasserie. In the evening, head for Newton Road, which is lined with buzzy bars, restaurants and boutiques.

Where can we walk?
The 4km-long walk from Langland Bay to Caswell Bay may not blow away the cobwebs but is a leisurely way to enjoy the Gower coastline with places to stop for a cuppa en route.

What if itís raining?
For the young at heart, Swanseaís LC2 waterpark has a network of pools, rides and slides, and a gym. Swansea itself is worth a visit, especially around the waterfront, which has a tantalising choice of museums, galleries and places to eat.

2) Best for active families

Helygen - sleeps 6

From beaches and watersports to hills, castles and culture, if you want it all from your Easter break to Wales, then Helygen holiday cottage in Aberystwyth is the place. This converted stone holiday cottage has everything you need for a stress-free family holiday: two spacious bedrooms with en-suite facilities; a large country-style kitchen with seating for six, a roomy lounge, and a large enclosed garden with beautiful views of the rolling hills. 

The surrounding area is perfect for fun-filled family holidays. A short drive to the west are a couple of the areaís best beaches Ė award-winning Borth, whose shallow waters and shingle beach make it popular with surfers and families with young children, and Ynys Las, where the Dyfi National Nature Reserve boasts an impressive sand dune system and the long stretch of sand is good for beach games and walking the dog. 

Donít miss a visit to nearby Aberystwyth, which has a museum, castle, cycle path waterfalls and lots of lovely walks. Closer to home is Tal-y-Bont village, a mile from the cottage, which has 2 pubs and kidís play area.

Where can we walk?
There are two way-marked boardwalk paths leading through the dunes and the view from one of the platforms can be stunning. There is also a Visitor Centre where you can find out more about the flora and fauna of the dunes. Events are organised during the holidays. 

What if itís raining?
Borth Animalarium has been entertaining locals and tourists for years. It's home to a mixture of exotic and unusual animals such as monkeys, wallabies, snakes and crocodiles and more domestic animals that visitors can pet and feed. http://www.animalarium.co.uk/ 

3) Best for dog owners

Ty'r Castell - sleeps 7

Welsh holiday cottages donít come more perfect than this dog friendly cottage in Pembrokeshire. On the one hand youíve got a fabulous 16th-century cottage with original stone walls, wood beams and slate floors; on the other, it is seriously comfortable and modern, with underfloor heating, WiFi and a well equipped kitchen. 

Ty'r Castell is one of two luxury cottages located on a working farm, so it can be ideal for extended family to join the holiday for a few days. It sits in a picturesque location just 5 minutes walk from the sandy beach and harbour at Abercastle and the famous Pembrokeshire Coastal Path. Thereís also a traditional country pub nearby. 

The cottage is a short drive away from Britainís smallest city, St Davids, with its glorious 15th-century Cathedral and the magnificent ruins of the medieval Bishops Palace.

Where can we walk?
The Pembrokeshire Coast Path covers 186 miles of coastal scenery - great for long walks with the dog. Thereís a rolling landscape of quiet country lanes, footpaths and bridleways, through woodland and over hills, along rivers and estuaries, all of which are stunning in spring. Ramsey Island is also well worth a visit. Reached by boat, the island is teeming with breeding seabirds.

What if itís raining?
Melin Tregwynt, adored by interior designers for its distinctive blankets, throws and cushions, is worth a visit, if only for the factory shop! If you have children, Folly Farm, a large adventure park and zoo with a huge indoor fairground is great, or try The Blue Lagoon in Narbeth.

4) Best for couples

Bwthyn y Plas - sleeps 4

As you drive towards this Caernarfon holiday cottage, nestled on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park, you can feel your body start to relax.

Just a couple of miles from the historic town of Caernarfon, the cottage is in the grounds of a private estate, and the windows offer stunning views of its rolling green fields. The friendly owners, who greet you on arrival, have restored the cottage to feel like a home from home. Inside, the cottage is comfortably furnished with everything you need for a stress free holiday - light-filled rooms, modern conveniences like WiFi, a dishwasher and super-sized fridge, and traditional touches like two open fires.

Another plus is that the cottage is just off the A487, so thereís no hunting around if you arrive after dark.

Where can we walk?
From the mountains of Snowdon to the coastline of Anglesey and the Llŷn Peninsula, this is an ideal place to be if you enjoy the great outdoors. Come here in spring and enjoy quiet walks on country lanes or misty beaches. Donít miss a walk on the beautiful 95-mile coastal path from Caernarfon to Porthmadog.

What if itís raining?
Caernarfon Castle, possibly the most famous of Wales's castles, is magnificent with its polygonal towers and mighty King's Gate. Trace Caernarfon's history back to Roman times in the Roman Museum and take a tour of Inigo Jones Slate Works. Travel to the summit of Snowdon, the highest mountain in England and Wales, on the Snowdon Mountain Railway, one of the most popular visitor attractions in North Wales.


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