When you land in Cardiff, the capital city of Wales, it’s easy to get swept up in the sports, shopping and cultural venues. However, the city’s location on the coast means that there are also excellent beaches to the south and national parks and mountains to the north.
Why hire a car at Cardiff airport?
Public transport links in this part of Wales are pretty good, but they won’t afford you the flexibility or freedom to explore the Welsh forests and valleys that a hire car will.
That all-important first mile:
driving out of Cardiff airport?
When you leave the airport you’ll be forced to choose whether you head east or west, so be clear on where you want to go, or, have a real adventure, forget plans for a few days and let the your mood and the road take you where it likes.
You can collect your hire car from the pick-up desks in the arrivals hall.
The Nuance Tax and Duty Free store in the departure lounge has a great range of souvenirs to take home from Wales. Be sure to pick up a lovespoon, a traditional handicraft given as a token of affection, to give to someone special.
You’ll find a cash machine on the first floor of the terminal building and a bureau de change in the baggage reclaim area.
Head to the Food Village on the first floor of the terminal building for a wide selection of hot and cold drinks, meals and snacks.
If your flight has left you feeling a little parched, then grab your rental car and a map from tourist information and head to Bute Park and Arboretum. Less than 5 miles away, this country park is home to the Pettigrew Tea Rooms where you can refresh yourselves on tea and cake while you figure out where you’d like to drive to first.
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There are great things to see and do in the city. Take a stroll or cruise around Mermaid Quay in Cardiff Bay, catch a concert or sports match at the Millennium Stadium, soak up some culture at the National Museum and Art Gallery or just watch the world go by from a café in any one of the shopping arcades or markets.
To get the best from your holiday, mix some city living with some time in the country and head to the Beacons. The benefit of having a rental car is that in less than an hour, you could be cruising among the valleys and hills that Wales is famed for.
A trip to The Mumbles gives you the chance to mix some city and country with some seaside. This village on the Gower Peninsula has all you’d expect from a coastal Welsh town - a pier, a lighthouse, beaches, beautiful coastal walks, inns with roaring fires, fish and chips shops and thieving seagulls.