Like its sister countries, Wales boasts spectacular natural scenery, ancient castles and charming towns but what you won’t find are crowds—other than perhaps a flock of sheep crowding the road. Additionally, you’ll find that Wales also has a growing foodie movement with plenty of organic farms and gourmet restaurants.
Most honeymoon couples and other visitors start off in the capital of Cardiff, set along Cardiff Bay, which recently completed a major waterfront renovation. Though compact, the city has plenty to offer, from museums and performing arts centers to shopping in pretty Victorian-style arcades—there’s even a castle in the center of town. The beautiful countryside starts almost immediately out of Cardiff, and within an hour’s drive are glorious national parks with windswept mountains and wildflower-filled meadows.
All along the English border are historic little market towns, many nestled among the emerald hills of the Clwydian Range, where couples can overnight, stopping along the way in local pubs for a pint and some conversation. If the locals you meet are speaking Welsh, you won’t understand much; it’s a tongue-twisting Celtic language. Fortunately, English is spoken everywhere.
The best way to see Wales is by car. Although road signs are in English and Welsh, driving can be confusing, especially if you’re not used to driving on the left-hand side of the road—not to mention the narrow country lanes and numerous roundabouts. So it’s a good idea to hire a local guide. Country Lane Tours is a locally- owned company whose guides not only know the roads inside out but can recommend the most romantic towns and inns for couples on a honeymoon or getaway.
Though Wales may not attract as many visitors as England and Scotland, it’s on the verge of becoming the next European hotspot. Prince William, living in North Wales while he becoming a pilot with the Royal Air Force, was spotted with Kate Middletown in Snowdonia National Park. In 2010, Wales hosted golf’s prestigious Ryder Cup for the first time (at Celtic Manor Resort in Newport). So enjoy your honeymoon or romantic getaway here before everyone else finds out about it!