This Is Why Wales Is One of the Most Beautiful Places in the World

Pembrokeshire is just one of many beautiful regions in Wales
Pembrokeshire is just one of many beautiful regions in Wales | © Drew Buckley / Alamy Stock Photo
Photo of Emma Lavelle
2 September 2021

The beautiful beaches of Pembrokeshire. The titan peaks of Snowdonia. The fairytale castle of Caernarfon. If you still don’t think Wales is among the most picturesque countries on the planet, this beauty breakdown will convince you.

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Dramatic coastlines

Walk along the the Llyn coastal path for beautiful ocean views | © Visit Wales

The whole Welsh coastline is beautiful, but the Llyn Peninsula and the Pembrokeshire coast are perhaps two of the most spectacular regions in the country. Both have unspoilt stretches with wild beaches, dramatic clifftops and a surprising array of marine life. The Pembrokeshire coastal path is also one of the most beautiful walking routes in the UK, providing spectacular scenery throughout.

Vast forests

Take a stroll through Welsh woodlands for a peaceful afternoon | © Visit Wales

Wales is filled with stunning woodland, particularly in the Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia. Lichen, ferns and moss cover the ground and waterfalls tumble over ledges, turning the lush forests into ethereal glens reminiscent of ancient fairytales. Visit during the warmer months for green landscapes, or come in autumn to see the leaves erupt in fiery colours.

Lush valleys

The Usk Valley in the Brecon Beacons National Park is one of several beautiful valleys here | © Adam Burton / Alamy Stock Photo

The Welsh countryside is filled with pretty valleys, especially in the southwest. The Wye Valley is one of the most scenic landscapes in the UK, with the River Wye weaving through rolling hills and acres of woodland, providing beautiful vistas in all directions.

Ancient castles

It took 47 years and cost £25,000 to build the 700-year-old Caernarfon Castle | © robertharding / Alamy Stock Photo

The Welsh countryside is filled with beautiful old castles. If you’re looking for the most picturesque, concentrate your Welsh adventures in the north in places such as Beaumaris and Caernarfon, but don’t miss the majestic turrets of Castell Coch.

Rolling hills

The Welsh countryside is known for having rolling, green hills | © Alan Williams / Alamy Stock Photo

If you imagine the Welsh countryside, the first thing that pops into your head is miles upon miles of rolling hills. The hills and meadows of Wales are indeed green and plentiful, providing acres of beautiful scenery to discover. These vast stretches of untouched countryside are particularly impressive in areas surrounded by towering mountains, creating dramatic juxtapositions on the horizon.

Stunning mountains

Snowdonia is filled with titan peaks, creating dramatic scenery throughout | © Visit Wales

The Welsh mountains are just as impressive as those found in Scotland. Snowden is the highest peak in Wales; climbers often get into trouble by underestimating how challenging the ascent can be. However, if you’re suitably prepared, it’s worth the long climb to admire the breath-taking views from the summit. And Snowden isn’t the only impressive mountain in Wales. In the south, the Brecon Beacons loom over the landscape, creating dramatic vistas.

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Tumbling waterfalls

Explore the Brecon Beacons to discover beautiful waterfalls such as Sgwd yr Eira | © Billy Stock / Alamy Stock Photo

The Welsh countryside is scattered with serene waterfalls and more dramatic cascades. Visit in summer for the chance to bathe in the picturesque pools below the falls or in winter to see the water turn to ice. The Fforest Fawr Geopark in the Brecon Beacons is known as Waterfall Country due to the abundance of waterfalls in the area, and elsewhere you’re likely to stumble upon a beautiful waterfall just by wandering through a forest or alongside a river.

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