There is a whole host of romantic activities for you and your partner to try in Glamorgan, making a holiday neither of you will forget anytime soon. From quirky pottery classes and historical country parks to Medieval castles and challenging surfing lessons, there’s something for every couple that choose to holiday together in this area of Wales. We’ve put together a few of our favourite activities to embark upon with your significant other, not far from our romantic holiday cottages in Glamorgan, so you can retire to luxurious accommodation for a well-deserved rest, after a day full of activities!
Fall in love with country parks
This area of Wales is home to some of the most beautiful country parks in the land, each with its own unique story and history for you to indulge in. Porthkerry Country park consists of over 200 acres of woods and meadowland, which after heading south, leads you to a pebble beach and dramatic cliffs. The park has a variety of walks to try as well as barbeque areas and even a mini golf course, making it a great romantic excursion. If you can’t get enough of these country parks, be sure to visit Bryngarw to get your fill of lakes, formal gardens and exotic plants.
Get creative with each other
There is a plethora of opportunities to engage your inner artist in Glamorgan, and these things are often best shared with a partner. Get mucky, silly and sculpting at the oldest working pottery in Wales, where you can also see the experts at work whilst picking up a couple of stylish gifts for the friends and family you left at home. If you need a further outlet for your creative capabilities, check out the St Donats Arts Centre, where you can join dance, music, and film classes or workshops, to name just a few!
Of course there’s a castle or two
A trip to Wales, wouldn’t be a proper trip to Wales without a visit to one of the many castles. Did we mention that Wales has over 600 castles, meaning there are more castles per square mile than any other country? Take a visit to Coity Castle, where much of the architecture dates back to the 14th century and the site remains a great place for exploring. There’s something romantic about Medieval castles, and if you want to discover more of these historical spectacles then head over to Newcastle Castle, for more of the same.
Ride the waves and play on the beach
Glamorgan is home to some of the best beaches in Wales, benefitting from the shelter of the Bristol Channel while boasting wide expanses of golden sands and dunes. Porthcawl alone is home to seven fantastic beaches for you both to explore, including opportunities to learn to surf, build sandcastles and run down dunes, without a care in the world! For more of a relaxed day out, check out Sker beach for a peaceful, secluded spot to spend quality time together, just the two of you.
Visit dainty villages and meet the locals
One of Glamorgan’s most beautiful villages is Llantwit Major, where spectacular countryside landscapes, mysterious caves and sandy beaches are never too far away. The church in the village was recorded within the settlement more than 1500 years ago and there are over 20 pubs for you to choose from to indulge in some traditional Welsh cuisine. Another great village to explore is Newton, a little more inland, hosting a variety of fairs and flower shows throughout the spring and summer.
Go out for a candle-lit dinner
Thanks to the vibrant cities of Cardiff and Swansea, quality restaurants serving exquisite delicacies are never too far away. Designate a ‘date night’ during your holiday in Wales and pick from hundreds of restaurants that offer traditional Welsh cuisine in romantic settings. One of our favourites is the Michelin star James Sommerin restaurant, which uses the finest, locally-sourced ingredients available. If you fancy wining and dining more than once, check out any of the brilliant restaurants in Bridgend or, for the less formal occasion, nothing beats a Welsh fish and chips. Remember to try them with curry sauce!
Get back to nature
Thanks to the accommodating landscapes in this area of Wales, wildlife is likely to flourish. Kenfig Nature Reserve, Glamorgan’s last natural lake is the best place to get away from it all, and truly connect with your other half in the presence of tranquillity. This spot is popular with bird watchers thanks to the diverse array of rare and endangered species of both plants and animals. Failing that, any time you find yourself hugging the coast on a trail, be sure to keep an eye out for pods of playful dolphins that may be swimming nearby.
Picnic at the lighthouse
Finally, the perfect way to end your romantic trip away, is with a trip to the lighthouse. Often the destination of choice in romantic novels, create your own happily ever after with a visit to Nash Point Lighthouse, the last manned lighthouse in Wales before it was made into an automated lighthouse in 1998. The site sits above a secluded beach and you can watch the wild waves crashing against the cliffs below in windy weather. Be sure to wrap up, although at least you’ll be able to keep each other warm!
Next time you think about booking a romantic weekend away, but don’t want to deal with the added stress caused by cost, foreign travel, language barriers and long car journeys; consider a break to Wales! The experiences you share will create unforgettable memories to treasure for the rest of your lives together.