Destination guide

Wales – small but stunning

Wales is the land of the dragon, of misty mountains, rugged peaks, salt-washed bays and roaring rugby fans. It's hard to think that such a small country – just 3 million people call it home – can pack in so much. From the primeval vales of the Brecon Beacons to the craggy cairns of Snowdonia, keen hikers, castle aficionados and culture vultures are all enthralled. Wales holiday rentals on the coast offer something different, spilling onto surfer swells or topping wind-lashed cliffs. And the cities? From student-led Cardiff to the Dylan Thomas haunts of Swansea, there's loads to get through.

Things to do

Welsh history a-calling

The museums of Wales promise a journey deep into the heart of this unique Celtic nation. At St Fagans, close to Cardiff, it's all about historic homes and Victorian schoolhouses – beware of the Welsh Not. In the Big Pit National Coal Museum, you'll be transported down to the subterranean tunnels where miners would once have hacked away at the coalface. In the National Waterfront Museum of Swansea, there are old steam locomotives and fascinating relics of the Industrial Revolution.


Explorers assemble in Wales

Because the major cities in Wales all hug the coast, the heart of the nation is given over to rural landscapes and wicked mountain ranges. The Brecon Beacons kick things off in the south, the shark-fin peak of Pen y Fan soaring over the deep valleys and lakes with its wiggling hiking paths. In the north, riding the narrow-gauge railway from Llanberis to the top of Snowdon will reveal vistas of the rock-ribbed Crib Goch ridge and the trails of Glyder Fawr. Other adventures await on the seas, with dolphin spotting, seal watching, cliff climbing and more in abundance there.


The fabled rains of Wales

It's said that Wales is the land of wind and rain. Visit in the winter, between November and March, to see just how true that is; opt for a cosy cottage in the hills or along the coast to crank up the romance. Spring and summer, starting in April and ending in August, bring the sunniest and warmest days for hitting the beaches of Pembrokeshire and the Gower. Autumn is also pleasant, with perfect hiking conditions for those seeking out Wales holiday rentals in parks like Snowdonia and the Brecon Beacons.

Natural features

Be inspired by wonderful Wales

There's a reason that William Wordsworth sought out the cloud-gathering summits of Snowdon to write his stirring poetry. There's something primeval and wild about the Welsh countryside that can't really be put into words. You can discover it yourself by opting for Wales holiday rentals in places like Brecon or amid the mountains of the north. The national parks there are carved with deep valleys and bald peaks, where sheep roam the ridges and hidden lakes reside in the clefts. The coast is another story. Running from glorious Gower to Anglesey, it's awash with dolphins, seals, surfer bays and gorgeous sands.

Where to stay around Wales?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 10,688 holiday lettings near Wales. From 3,979 Cabins to 3,979 Cottages, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Wales is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Wales?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Wales. From HomeAway travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Tenby: 1,352 holiday homes
  • Pembrokeshire: 2,328 holiday homes
  • Snowdonia: 3,285 holiday homes
  • Abersoch: 850 holiday homes
  • Isle of Anglesey: 1,586 holiday homes

HomeAway offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Wales! Please use our search bar to access the selection of self catering accommodations available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Wales?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Wales with the largest selection of holiday lettings for a perfect city break:

  • Tenby: 1,352 holiday lettings
  • Abersoch: 850 holiday lettings
  • Llandudno: 549 holiday lettings
  • Cardiff: 314 holiday lettings
  • Saundersfoot: 1,157 holiday lettings

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

Can I find easy access holiday homes when travelling by plane to Wales?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of self catering accommodations near to airports. Airports with a large selection of self catering accommodations in Wales are:

  • Anglesey (VLY): 1,359 self catering accommodations
  • Anglesey Airport (HLY): 1,374 self catering accommodations
  • Swansea Airport (SWS): 773 self catering accommodations

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near in Wales?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in Wales. From HomeAway travellers, the top popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Barry Island Beach: 647 holiday rentals
  • Three Cliffs Bay Beach: 583 holiday rentals
  • Tenby Beach: 1,747 holiday rentals
  • Oxwich Bay Beach: 541 holiday rentals
  • North Shore Beach: 1,153 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Wales listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday accommodations.

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