Friday, 07 August 2015 GMT
Author: Staveley Head
The UK is jam-packed with places to go and things to see, but one of our favourite spots to visit is just down the road from Staveley Head HQ.
North Wales is perfectly positioned between the countryside and coast and has something for everyone, come rain or shine.
With so much to do, it’s hard to fit everything into one blog, but we’re going to try!
Home to some amazing beaches, the Llyn Peninsula is an AONB (area of outstanding natural beauty).
Surrounded by the Irish Sea, the 200 mile stretch of unspoilt yet rugged coastline attracts millions of tourists every year.
Each beach has its own charm: there’s Abersoch with its laid back atmosphere and Morfa Nefyn - a hidden gem with amazing views from a perfectly manicured golf course.
If you’re searching for a place full of activity then Abersoch is for you. Home to the Wakestock festival, the beach is known for its water sports.
Not too far from Abersoch is Llanbedrog. Surrounded by greenery and often stumbled upon accidentally, Llanbedrog is a tranquil cove with charming beach huts lining the outskirts.
For those of you who prefer large beaches, Black Rock Sands in Porthmadog is perfect. With rock pools for the kids and large sand dunes, there’s plenty to do. Plus, for music fans this is the place where Coldplay recorded the music video Yellow (although let’s hope the weather is better for you)!
When the tide is out you can easily venture to the neighbouring town of Cricceth for some of the best tasting ice cream.
Perhaps you’re searching for a little adventure?
As well as the great outdoors, visitors to Wales can also enjoy the dry ski slope on the Great Orme Llandudno or the trampolines beneath the ground as you ‘bounce below’ in Ffestiniog.
If you prefer the water, there are plenty of activities to keep you entertained: from white water rafting to surfing in Snowdonia that’s right, surfing!
Surf Snowdonia is a new attraction opening in summer 2015 and is the world’s first inland surf lagoon.
Founded in 1056, Wales is home to many historical monuments, but the most famous are the hundreds of Welsh castles. There are several ruins, but also many well preserved castles too.
On the way to the Llyn Peninsula is Bodelwyddan Castle; a beautifully preserved castle surrounded by perfectly manicured gardens. Playing host to many events each year, this is an excellent place to visit with the family or as a couple.
Further along the coast is Conwy Castle an authentic medieval castle steeped in history with views over the sea and across the mountains.
Carrying on down the cost you’ll find Caernarfon Castle, a world heritage site built for King Edward in 1272. The castle offers a brilliant day out for all, with amazing views across to Anglesey and unusual Polygonal towers.
As well as castles there’s also the Welsh legend of Prince Llywelyn and Gelert. The legend comes from the village of Beddgelert which is peaceful with excellent places to walk, hike and cycle. It’s also a lovely place for a picnic on a sunny day!
Fancy a trip to North Wales now? That means you’ll need a place to stay. Take a look at our campsite finder tool which features some of the best UK campsites.