#01 Conwy

One of north Wales’ finest walled medieval towns, Conwy contains over two hundred listed buildings within its tight grid.

Conwy Castle,© Richard Hayman/Shutterstock

#02 Cadair Idris

The dominant mountain of southern Snowdonia, Cadair Idris is a magnificent beast chock-full of classic glacial features.

#02 Cadair Idris

#03 Green Man Festival

Three wonderful days of new folk, American and indie music plus a range of workshops, performance art and comedy in green fields near Crickhowell.

Things not to miss: live music concert with blending Wales flag on fans.© Trybex/Shutterstock 

#04 Aberystwyth

The capital of sparsely populated mid-Wales, Aberystwyth is a breezy and bright university and seaside town surrounded by luscious countryside.

#04 Aberystwyth

#05 Mountain biking at Coed y Brenin

Some of Wales’ finest singletrack and adrenalin-pumping descents through the forest combine with family trails, high-ropes adventures and even geocaching.

Things not to miss: Snowdonia overlooking Barmouth and Coed-y-Brenin, Wales, UK.© Matt Gibson/Shutterstock 

#06 Ffestiniog Railway

Of Wales’ many “great little trains”, the Ffestiniog Railway, winding down through the Snowdonia mountains, is one of the best.

#06 Ffestiniog Railway

#07 St Davids Cathedral

The heart of Welsh spirituality, St Davids Cathedral is at Wales’ westerly extremity and has drawn pilgrims for a millennium and a half.

St David's Cathedral, Pembrokeshire, Wales© Andrew Roland/Shutterstock

#08 Mawddach Trail

Ride or walk this easy trail beside Wales’ finest estuary, the Mawddach, crossed by the 2253ft rail and foot bridge into Barmouth.

Barmouth Bridge over the River Mawddach estuary, Wales© Alexandra Glen/Shutterstock

#09 Carreg Cennen Castle

The most romantic ruin in Wales, Carreg Cennen Castle sits in glorious isolation amid pastures grazed by Welsh longhorns.

#09 Carreg Cennen Castle

#10 Pembrokeshire Coast Path

Break up this path around some of Wales’ wildest coastal scenery into a series of day walks, or tackle the full 187 miles in one big push.

#10 Pembrokeshire Coast Path

#11 St Fagans National History Museum

An unmissable chronicle of Welsh life, featuring period buildings from all over the country.

Things not to miss: St Fagans National History Museum, Cardiff, Wales, UK.© Gail Johnson/Shutterstock 

#12 Snowdon

Hike one of half a dozen demanding tracks to the top of Wales’ highest mountain – or take the train and sup a beer at the summit café.

Things not to miss: Snowdonia National Park, Wales, UK.© Lukassek/Shutterstock 

#13 Cardiff Bay architecture

The wonderful Wales Millennium Centre and National Assembly Building are just two of many striking modern structures around the rejuvenated Cardiff Bay.

Wales Millennium Centre Cardiff Bay© Tim Dobbs/Shutterstock

#14 Portmeirion

The grandest folly of them all, Portmeirion is a gorgeous visual poem that will melt the hardest heart.

Things not to miss: Portmeirion, North Wales, UK.© Debu55y/Shutterstock 

#15 The Wye Valley

Soak up the pastoral beauty of this wonderful valley and sense why Wordsworth was so moved as you wander past Tintern Abbey.

Things not to miss: Tintern Abbey, Wales, UK.© matthi/Shutterstock 

#16 The Valleys

Colourful terraces of housing, hunkered down under the hills, are the hallmark of Wales’ world-famous Valleys, the old mining area in the south.

#16 The Valleys

#17 Abergavenny’s food

Sample some of the best morsels Wales has to offer in this gastronomic hotspot or, better still, time your visit to coincide with September’s food festival, among the best in Britain.

Things not to miss: homemade quiche flan tart.© Nicky Rhodes/Shutterstock 

#18 Big Pit

Plunge into the depths of coal-bearing earth in this superb evocation of what life was like for vast numbers of Valleys miners.

#18 Big Pit

#19 Aberglasney

Rescued from near-terminal decay, these formal gardens in the Tywi Valley are a perfect counterpoint to the nearby National Botanic Garden of Wales.

#19 Aberglasney

#20 Llanwrtyd Wells’ mad events

Bog snorkelling, a Man versus Horse Marathon and a Real Ale Wobble bring a wonderful sense of lunacy to this quiet corner of mid-Wales.

Man in mud(Illustration) © Lasko Dmitry/Shutterstock

#21 Rugby

Although Wales’ standing in international rugby fluctuates wildly, the game remains nearly a religion here, never more so than when the national team are playing at Cardiff’s awesome Millennium Stadium.

Things not to miss: Stadium, Cardiff, Wales, UK.© PhotoLondonUK/Shutterstock 

#22 Llandudno

North Wales’ most genteel seaside resort, Llandudno spreads languidly around the bay beneath the ancient rock plug of the Great Orme.

Llandudno PierLlandudno Pier © jax10289/Shutterstock

#23 Brecon Beacons

The rambling moors of the Brecon Beacons are perfect for wild, lonely walks with thundering waterfalls and limestone caverns as destinations.

Things not to miss: Brecon Beacons National Park from the peak of Pen Y Fan, Wales, UK.© antb/Shutterstock

 

#24 Hay-on-Wye Festival

Rub shoulders with the literati or just come along for music, a few book readings and a great time.

Things not to miss: Hay on Wye, Herefordshire, UK.© Allen Paul Photography/Shutterstock

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