Wales' landscape is wonderfully diverse. Its highest peak, Snowdon, is in North wales, in Snowdonia National Park. The scenery here is raw and rugged and spectacular at any time of year whether you visit during the daffodil strewn slopes in spring or the snow-capped peaks in winter. Snowdonia is a hiker's paradise. Not only is there Snowdon to scale (by steam train, if you're not feeling very energetic), there are 90 other peaks to climb. Despite its massive size, Snowdonia is home to just over 25,000 people, leaving much of it pristine and un-inhabited.
Adrenaline junkies will love North Wales. Coed-y-Brenin caters for mountain bikers of all abilities, with trails ranging from beginner's paths to hair-raising black runs. Swap your bike for a saddle of a different kind and get up on horseback for an alternative view. Ride the rapids, jump and bounce your way through an old slate mine that has been turned into an underground trampoline, or leave your stomach behind as you fly along 8km of zip line.
While you're in North Wales, make sure you see some of the area's major castles, such as Caernarfon, Beaumaris and Conwy. The locals are so friendly that it's difficult to remember the region was the site of some of the bloodiest battles in British history.
Wales is surrounded by water on three sides, giving it nearly 900 miles of coastline which ranges from smooth and sandy to rugged and rocky and it's possible to walk all of it thanks to the Wales Coast Path. You can enjoy a traditional bucket and spade holiday at resorts like Llandudno, Barmouth and Abersoch, as well as Rhyl, Colwyn Bay and Prestatyn. Designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Anglesey is separated from the mainland by the Menai Strait and has everything you could want from your holiday in Wales.
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