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Anglesey

Anglesey is a wonderful island found off the north west coast of Wales beside the Snowdonia National Park. You can even find an island off of the island with Holy island becoming an island in its own right during high tides. You will definitely find that a visit to Anglesey will feel like you are getting away from it all as you lose yourself in the islands beautiful winding lanes and spectacular coastline.

You will also find plenty to entertain the whole family and wonderful activities for you to get stuck into and appreciate the scenery and landscapes around you. Walking, fishing, cycling, riding and plenty of water sports are available for you to enjoy and experience the exciting and active Anglesey. In terms of places of interest and attractions on the island you will not fall short of things to do, Beaumaris Castle, Amlwch Copper kingdom, Beaumaris Gaol, Bryn Celli Ddu Burial Chamber and Holyhead Maritime museum are just a few of the great places to visit on the Island. Others include nature reserves, lighthouses and museums. If your looking for entertainment for the kids then Anglesey Sea Zoo and Foel Farm park are fun for all the family.

Anglesey is also home to some delicious foods and even provides a critical ingredient to a particular box of chocolates that President Obama enjoys. Anglesey's farmers market will give you a great sense of the community and fantastic produce that is created here. Enjoy some of these local produces in many of the wonderful restaurants and cafes on the island.

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Gwynedd

Gwynedd is a county bordered by the Irish sea, home to a stunning coastline, Snowdonia National Park and some breathtaking scenery that could be considered some of the best in the UK. This is truly the place to visit if your looking to escape from the bustling city life and enjoy a countryside retreat in a self-catering luxury country house. Some of Gwynedd's natural attractions include, waterfalls, lakes, rivers and valleys, forests and of course gorgeous sandy beaches. Full of Welsh culture, history, traditions and true Celtic hospitality you are sure to experience the wonderful essence of Wales in Gwynedd.

Some of the man made attractions that may be of interest on your stay include beautiful castles, railways, pretty seaside towns and maritime activities. Keep an eye out for any fascinating wildlife whilst on your visit as Gwynedd is home to some of the most diverse wildlife set against a truly jaw dropping background of mountains and coastline. You may even catch a glimpse of a grey seal enjoying the cool waters looking for food or resting on shore where they come to breed and moult. You might also spot dolphins off the coast especially during the summer months when the waters are calmer. Boat trips around the area will help you to spot these wonderful creatures more clearly. Amongst the lakes and rivers of Snowdonia National park you may even be lucky enough to see an otter, the most popular place to get a glimpse of one is Glaslyn Estuary.

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Powys

Powys is a county situated in mid wales and is home to the Brecon Beacons National Park. It is also considered to be an area of wales where the unusual is considered to be at home. The town of Hay-on-wye found just north of the national park has 18 bookshops and is considered the second hand book capital of the world. If that isn't strange enough you can also find unique activities and sports such as bog snorkeling; the bog snorkeling competition takes place at Llanwtryd Wells just a few miles down the road. Other activities available to visitors include climbing, caving, power kiting and bushcraft so there is no chance you will run out of exciting things to do.

However if your looking for a more relaxed holiday then there is plenty of other less energetic activities to take part in or places of interest to visit such as Dan yr Ogof National Show caves, a steam railway and the Red kite feeding station. There is also lots of attractions that will keep the whole family entertained such as Llangorse Lake, the Centre for Alternative technology and the Royal Welsh Show which is held in mid July and is a popular event amongst visitors to the area.

It doesn't matter what you get up to or how you spend your days exploring this great area of Wales as long as you get to experience some of the wonderful local produce such as unique cheeses and wines, famous welsh beef and lamb and of course some amazing fresh sea food. You may even choose to visit a local farmers market or food festival in Powys to sample some of the delights on offer. So if you fancy a night out, with no need to cook and a chance to enjoy some fine dining then make sure you visit some of the fantastic restaurants in the county.

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Pembrokeshire

Pembrokeshire is home to 186 miles of coast which explains why it also includes Pembrokeshire coast National Park, the only national park to be almost entirely coastal. As the county has such a large expanse of coastline it is not surprising that Pembrokeshire has the most blue flag awarded beaches or seaside award beaches in Britain you can definitely be sure that you'll find the perfect beach for you, safe for children, golden sands and beautiful waters. Walkers will find Pembrokeshire a paradise as the 186 miles of coast are covered by a wonderful coastal path which winds through picturesque towns and villages and across beautiful beaches with inspiring views.

In terms of places to visit and great attractions Pembrokeshire can offer a varied selection from its 51 forts and castles to family fun attractions and beautiful gardens and heritage sites. The Welsh wildlife centre, Tenby Dinosaur Park and Shearwater safaris are just an example of the exciting places to visit that will entertain the whole family. Activities available for those looking to keep active and enjoy the outdoors include scuba diving, surfing, kite surfing, sea fishing, horse riding and coasteering. There is also Solva Woollen Mill, Caldey Island and Wolfecastle Pottery for those visitors looking to have a more relaxing visit to Pembrokeshire.

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