Holidaymakers looking to experience the beauty of the Welsh hills should look no further than the town of Bala. Located in North Wales, Bala is a historic and attractive market town within the boundaries of Snowdonia National Park, which is designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty. Here visitors will find numerous different places to stay including self catering accommodation, B&Bs, caravan parks and camp sites.
This part of North Wales is a great spot for hikers, cyclists and horse riders to travel around and take in the wonderful views of and from Snowdonia. Bala is within an hour's drive of most of the coastal resorts of Mid and North Wales, where many sandy beaches can be found and various water sports can be tried. The National Watersports Centre on the banks of the Menai Strait offers courses in sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, cruising and powerboating.
Fishing is a popular activity in the area with Bala Lake, the largest natural lake in Wales, containing pike, European perch, trout and eel. There are a number of places to try rock climbing, abseiling or even head underground with guided tour provided at Betws Y Coed. There are over 60 golf courses in North Wales including world class championship courses at Royal St David’s and the Vale of Llangollen.
Bala features a mix of eateries such as restaurants, cafes, tea and coffee shops and public houses. There are also some very quaint shops selling local produce and arts and crafts. There are more shops, department stores and restaurants in Wrexham, which is about 50 minutes drive from Bala via the A5 road.
There are many interesting places to visit in and around Bala including various national nature reserves located between 8 and 15 miles away. There are many places of outstanding beauty nearby with parks and gardens as well as Conwy Falls, which is just 13 miles from Bala. Holidaymakers can also visit numerous historic buildings, galleries and museums with Conwy Valley Railway Museum a nice place for the family to spend an afternoon at.
The warmest time of the year to visit North Wales is generally July and August when the average high is approximately 19 degrees centigrade. The driest months of the year tend to be May and July while November and January is the wettest time of the year with between 90 and 100mm average rainfall per month.
Manchester Airport is approximately 90 minutes from North Wales and serves more domestic destinations than any other UK airport Domestic flights from London are offered by British Airways and BMI. Aer Lingus and Ryanair offer flights to Manchester from Ireland, while many of the major European airlines such as Air France, KLM and Lufthansa fly here too. The nearest main railway station to Bala is Bangor, which has services to and from London Euston, Cardiff Central and Birmingham as well as Chester. Bala is about an hour’s drive from Bangor via the A5.