Destination guide

Wales may be small but she sure walks tall

Yes, Wales is compact, but it packs a whole lot of natural diversity in its tiny frame, and people nip over the border from England to explore the country's river valleys, craggy mountains, miles of hiking trails, and surf-battered coastline. Not only that, but a healthy number of castles, from the beautifully preserved to the hauntingly ruined, stand watch over the green valleys and hills. But perhaps the best thing about Wales vacation rentals are the encounters you'll have with the locals, whose warm hospitality and distinctive Welsh accent will remain in your memory long after you've boarded the plane home.

Things to do

Castles, castles everywhere, and many a drop to drink

You'd be hard-pressed to spend time in Wales vacation rentals without bumping into a castle or two. This is a country that's rich in history and remnants of its past are scattered all over the countryside. The 13th-century Caernarfon Castle drips with fairy-tale ambiance and is one of the best-preserved castles in Britain, while Conwy Castle sits at the mouth of a river and has dramatic mountain views along with ancient battlements. Beaumaris Castle is surrounded by a swan-filled moat. Had your fill of kings and queens? Head for magical Portmeirion Village and its collection of colorful Italian-inspired buildings, or get chatting with the locals at a traditional pub.


Ignore the chills and head for the hills

Pack your hiking boots and raincoat, because a visit to Wales is all about getting out in the open air, and let's face it, there's a good chance of rain! Not that that will put a damper on the incredible landscape. Hiking and climbing is a big deal here, and Snowdonia National Park, where soaring peaks scrape moody skies, will leave you breathless in more ways than one. Many Wales vacation rentals are well placed for checking out the local beaches, too. If the water gives you chills, you can always don your walking shoes and hit the Wales Coast Path.


It's all very Welsh to hope for sunshine, but bring umbrellas just in case

If warm weather is your bag, then the best time to book Wales vacation rentals is in July and August, when the days are longer and the sun is most likely to shine, though things can get busy during the August school vacation. The shoulder season of April to June is the driest time, with mild temperatures, so it's a good time for walking in the mountains. The November-to-March low season is the coldest and cheapest time to visit, with the exception of the Christmas vacation, when prices are at their peak. Bear in mind that over the winter, snow can close roads, particularly in the mountains.

Natural features

Go tell it on the mountain in wild and windy Wales

Wales is famous for its mountains and there are certainly plenty of them. The center and the north of the country are dominated by the Cambrian Mountains, which include the mighty Mount Snowdon, one of the highest peaks in the UK. To the south, the Brecon Beacons cut an impressive swathe across the land. Along Wales's eastern border with England are wide river valleys and forested rolling hills. The country is also blessed with an incredible coastline of sweeping beaches and steep cliffs, and there are several islands bobbing around in its seas, including Anglesey, which is like a country in itself.

Can I find a vacation rental around Wales?

Yes, our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 10,324 vacation rentals near Wales. From 4,452 Cottages to 4,454 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Wales for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Wales?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Wales. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Cardiff: 358 vacation rentals
  • Llandudno: 640 vacation rentals
  • Tenby: 1,292 vacation rentals
  • Snowdonia: 3,255 vacation rentals
  • Swansea: 888 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Wales! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Wales?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Wales:

  • Cardiff: 358 rentals
  • Llandudno: 640 rentals
  • Tenby: 1,292 rentals
  • Swansea: 888 rentals
  • Newport: 384 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Wales?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Wales are:

  • Anglesey (VLY): 1,415 vacation rentals
  • Anglesey Airport (HLY): 1,424 vacation rentals
  • Swansea Airport (SWS): 763 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Wales?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Wales. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • North Shore Beach: 1,400 rentals
  • Tredegar House: 585 rentals
  • Barry Island Beach: 825 rentals
  • Cardiff (CFW-Cardiff Train Station): 520 rentals
  • Conwy Castle: 1,487 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Wales listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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