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The summer sun’s high in the sky and calling you to come out to play. We’ve come up with a handy guide to help you discover Wales and make the most of the weather.

UNWIND

Compiled by LORRIA SAHMET

PORTMEIRION

Gwynedd, North Wales

Inspired by the well-known village of Portofino, Portmeirion brings the picturesque Italian seaside town to north Wales. Other than the iconic architecture, scenic surroundings and luscious greenery, Portmeirion offers a variety of activities fit for all ages. Explore the unique village with by taking breath-taking walk or train tour or stop by the food and craft fair for thrifty homemade souvenirs and delicious delicacies. Tucked away in the countryside, this serene Welsh-Italian village will transform into your ideal home away from home.

Info: 01766 770000 / www.portmeirion-village.com

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photo: Smabs Sputzer

PENARTH PIER

Penarth

The seaside is always a perfect place to kick your legs back, relax and enjoy the cool sea breeze. Although commonly overlooked, Penarth’s Victorian pier offers a picture-perfect way to enjoy the waterfront. For more activities, stop by the Penarth Pier Pavilion to take part in locally hosted exhibition and activities which include music festivals and theatre showings or grab a bite at a local café along the promenade after your relaxing seaside stroll.

Info: 029 2071 2100 / www.penarthpavilion.co.uk

LAKE VYRNWY HOTEL & SPA

Llanwddyn, Powys

Escape the busy city and head to Lake Vyrnwy for a breath of fresh air. This nature- surrounding getaway is perfect for those looking for time to unwind, rejuvenate and relax. Settled next to Lake Vrynwy, the retreat not only provides guests with a beautiful view but various water sports and activities that help to reconnect with nature. For those looking for more peace and serenity, try the pampering packages that include a range of exceptional spa treatments and massages.

Info: 01691 870692 / www.lakevyrnwy.com

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photo: Paul Rowlett

PITCH MY TENT

Gower, Swansea

There’s no better way to unwind than a getaway to the beautiful Welsh countryside. Pitch My Tent offers luxury camping holidays along the breath-taking coastline of Gower Peninsula and even provides all the camping essentials needed. This means setting up the tent and providing a comfortable living space. So, whether you’re looking to glamp or have a traditional camping experience, Pitch My Tent promises a stress-free staycation by the stunning Oxwich Bay where you can explore the surrounding nature reserve and enjoy a refreshing swim in the sea.

Info: 07985 942265 / www.pitchmytent.co.uk

SNOWDONIA SHEPHERD HUTS

Plas yn Rhos, Conwy

Hidden away from the hustle and bustle of city life, Snowdonia Shepherd Huts is tucked up in the hills above Conwy Valley. An upgraded, more tasteful version of traditional camping, the shepherd huts are essentially a tiny home placed against the picturesque backdrop of Snowdonia National Park. All huts offer full amenities complete with a hot sauna, luxurious feather duvet and pillows and a lambswool double mattress, making this one of the most relaxing and luxurious staycations you will ever have. The large space of greenery that surrounds the huts also makes this an ideal place for exploring and adventure.

Info: 01690 710067 / www.snowdoniashepherdshuts.co.uk

BLUESTONE NATIONAL PARK RESORT 

Canaston Wood, Pembrokeshire

Bluestone National Park Resort is the perfect hideaway for any short relaxing staycation. Promising the comfort of comparable to a home, the resort is surrounded by 500 acres of woodland and offers exciting activities perfect for anyone looking for any adrenaline fuelled fun. Escape the heat and head to the resort’s own waterpark, Blue Lagoon, for a splash or try something new like forest bathing. Alternatively, you can even spend the day testing out the resorts’ facilities. From the award-winning spa treatments to delicious afternoon teas, Bluestone has got relaxation covered for all ages.

Info: 01834 862400 / www.bluestonewales.com

HUMBLE BY NATURE

Penallt, North Monmouth

Get your hands dirty with a hands-on relaxation at Humble by Nature. Located in the Wye Valley, Humble by Nature offers visitors a unique way to relax and connect with nature by providing courses that teach rural skills, cookery and everyday life on a farm. From classes teaching how to bee-keep, shear a sheep or some home butchery skills, the working farm represents a slower and more wholesome lifestyle. So, pick up your boots and head to Humble by Nature with an open mind for a day with adorable baby animals and delicious homemade meals.

Info: 01600 714585 / www.humblebynature.com

LIDO PONTY

Pontypridd

Lido Ponty, the National Lido of Wales offers three outdoor heated pools and lots of water activities to keep the kids entertained.  Book online to enjoy the fully restored 1920s Lido and all its activities – including paddle boats, giant inflatables, water zorbing balls and a splash pool for smaller visitors.  Alternatively take a leisurely dip in the 25m pool and soak up the sun on a deckchair. Make a day of it with a bite to eat at the Waterside Cafe or picnic in the stunning surroundings of Ynysangharad War Memorial Park.

Info: 030 0004 0000 / www.visitrct.wales

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