Ok, so we are gonna be a little bias here because HaGG.LA HQ is in South Wales but stay with us as having moved from London to South Wales just nine months ago, we’ve discovered some real gems in the short time we’ve been here. There are way more reasons to visit South Wales than just the three we’re sharing with you, but this should be enough to tempt you to treat yourself to a trip to a country in the UK which has its road signs written in both English and a different language without you having to fly out of the UK.
1.Shopping – Cardiff is the capital of Wales and is a vibrant city enriched with culture, entertainment and sport. It has a great reputation for shopping, set across the high street and within shopping arcades. Big brands including Hollister, The Apple Store, Mac and Victoria’s Secret have stores within its big and bright shopping malls. Other stores include Primark, Debenhams and a large M&S and if you think thats it, no, Cardiff also has six Victorian arcades full of craft shops, vintage stores and coffee shops too.
Other places to shop include Newport, Barry, Swansea and a number of shopping outlets dotted around South Wales. Bridgend has a designer and high-street discount outlet and is open until 8pm Monday-Friday and till 7 on Saturday and 5pm on Sundays.
2.Eating & Drinking- There are a variety of places to eat and drink in South Wales for all tastes and budgets. Cardiff Bay is one of Europes Largest Waterfront Developments and has a number of bars and restaurants including Bills, FFresh Bar & Restaurant, Wagamama, Zizzi and Pizza Express. There are also bars and restaurants in the City centre itself and along the high-street, which include chains such as Viva Brazil, Burger and Lobster and Red Hot World Buffet.
If you fancy something a little plush, The Celtic Manor Hotel in Newport has a selection of restaurants and culinary events through the year to delight the food lovers amongst us.
Neath and Swansea have Jamaican Jills Restaurant and Bar, which is a ‘must visit’ on your trip to Wales. If you love cocktails, great food and music, then you will love Jamaican Jills. Be sure to book in advance if you wish to dine as tables get booked up pretty fast.
Swansea itself is great for drinks and you will also find a large range of trendy bars, pubs and artisan cafe’s.
3.Beach & Breath Taking Views- On top of the many museums and castles to visit (we’ve secretly slipped in a fourth reason to visit South Wales), the beaches and breath taking views makes South Wales one of the most beautiful places in the world. Its has some of the best beaches including Rhossili Bay, which has been named as the ninth best beach in the world. Whilst you are on your way there, be sure to stop at the Gower and Mumbles to enjoy more of the beautiful beaches, South Wales has to offer.
There are also plenty of mountains, also known as Valleys with roads like the ones we use to see on Top Gear. Its difficult not to stop and take pictures of the views as you drive up and down the mountain roads.
South Wales is only three hours from London by car and most of it is along the M4, be sure to come off the motorway though to enjoy some of the mountain views too.
By Natasha J Gordon, Co-founder of HaGG.LA