Pack your bags for an inspired stay in West Wales

Whether you're planning to hit the beach with the kids, enjoy a stroll through the scenic countryside or soak up culture in bustling Swansea, Wales has it all. No matter what type of trip you're planning, you'll be sure to find a west Wales cottage that's just right for you.

Charming coastal breaks in New Quay

With coastal hiking and sandy beaches along Cardigan Bay, New Quay is just far enough off the beaten path. Cosy up in one of the area's many charming holiday lettings for a west Wales trip that can't be beat.

Seaside holidays in New Quay

If the beach is calling your name, then New Quay is the place to be. From your warm cottage in town, it's just a short walk or drive to the sandy shoreline along Cardigan Bay, where you'll find ample space for swimming, sunbathing and more. Or, hire a boat and spend a relaxing day fishing on the bay.

See the great outdoors from New Quay

For a pleasant stroll, consider spending a day – or 2 – on the scenic Ceredigion Coast Path. The 65-mile-long walking path wends from Cardigan to Ynyslas in the north. The path follows the coastline, offering sprawling views of the area's rocky cliffs and sandy shoreline.

Sample the catch of the day

To this day, New Quay remains a traditional fishing village, complete with a working harbour and plenty of fresh seafood to be had throughout the town. From your New Quay holiday rental, take a stroll along the village streets and sample the catch of the day at the many eateries, pubs and fish and chips shops as you approach the harbour.

National parks and more in Pembrokeshire

Home to a bounty of historic sights, as well as the rugged shoreline and pristine beaches Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, the county of Pembrokeshire offers plenty to do for visitors of all ages. Holiday homes in the area range from airy cabins to cosy, stone-built cottages.

Take in Pembrokeshire's historic sights

If you're a history buff, your stay in Pembrokeshire offers a treasure trove of worthwhile sights. The birthplace of Henry VII, Pembroke Castle is a huge stone structure that traces its roots all the way back to 1093; these days, it's open for guided tours and private strolls. At the 11th-century Montbier Castle, you can take in the panoramic sea views, and wander among the landscaped grounds.

Holiday cottages near Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

For a grand day out, nothing beats the sprawling Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Boasting spectacular sandy beaches, rocky cliffs and rolling moorland, the 155,000-acre park is also home to ancient sights like the neolithic Pentre Ifan tomb. On the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, you'll find 186 miles of hiking trails with scenic coastal views.

Family fun in Pembrokeshire

If you're travelling with the whole crew, you'll find plenty of all-ages fun near your Pembrokeshire holiday rental. At the ever-popular Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo, younger visitors can get a hands-on look at farm life, then get up close and personal with wildlife from all over the world. In nearby Tenby, you'll find other family favourites like the RNLI Tenby Lifeboat Station and Dinosaur Park.

Take your time to explore southwest Wales

Beyond Pembrokeshire, there's loads to see in southwest Wales. Here, you can find cosy cottages near the bustling city of Swansea, plus more secluded quarters offering easy access to Brecon Beacons National Park.

Outdoor adventure in southwest Wales

Nature lovers will find plenty to admire about southwest Wales. The Brecon Beacons National Park offers ample hiking trails on Pen y Fan – a mountain peak rising 2,907 feet above sea level – as well as underground exploration for adventurers of all ages at the National Showcaves Centre for Wales.

Take a trek in Afan Forest Park

Another scenic spot in southwest Wales, Afan Forest Park offers well-marked walking paths through wild woods. You'll find plenty of cycling and hillwalking trails in the 48-square-mile park, and country cottages in nearby spots like Caerau and Blaengarw make for an excellent, rustic home base.

Hit the beach in southwest Wales

Just southwest of Swansea lies the Gower Peninsula. Here, you can find holiday cottages to suit any taste, most of which offer access to the area's pristine beaches, historic castles, cairns and standing stones, along with plenty of public gardens and golf courses. It's also where you'll find the Llethryd Tooth Cave, an ossuary containing Bronze Age remains.