“The best things in life are free” so says Lonely Planet travel guide.
To prove the point they have named Europe’s top National Parks. The Brecon Beacons National Park and Dark Sky Reserve is right up there with other prestigious natural playgrounds including the twin parks of Parc National des Pyrenees and Ordesa y Monte Perdido in France and Spain, Jotunheimen in Norway, the Bavarian Forest and Sumava National Park in Germany and Czech Republic, Vatnajökull in Iceland, Olympus in Greece, Cairngorms in Scotland and Gran Paradiso in Italy.
The Brecon Beacons National Park offers 519 square miles of rolling green, heather clad mountains and valleys dotted with farmsteads, country pubs, Michelin starred restaurants, thriving market towns, the historic Monmouth and Brecon Canal and easy access for walking, climbing, mountain biking, horse riding, exploring award winning caves and ancient forests.
Visitors in Brecon Beacons holiday cottages can enjoy the park’s majestic scenery in relaxed style, shopping, eating and drinking or experience thrilling adventure activities galore.
Enjoy boutique shopping in Llandeilo, food shopping in Abergavenny, indulging the senses at Black Mountain Smokery, Michellin food at The Walnut Tree Inn in Skirrid or the Hardwick in Abergavenny, a Welsh whisky master class in the Penderyn Distillery or Welsh wine tasting at Sugarloaf Vineyard.
There are plenty of family friendly attractions too from making Black Mountain Gold chocolate in Crickhowell to walking with the animals at Cantref Adventure Farm and making discoveries in the Dinosaur Park at the National Showcaves of Wales in Abercrave.