Wales may be small, but it does have some of the biggest and most impressive scenery in all of the UK. By renting a car and driving around the country you can really maximize the spectacular views, and stop whenever you want to for photo opportunities!
There are a number of road trips you can take when visiting Wales, and in fact Wales has some of the best UK road trips thanks to its interesting history and unbeatable landscape.
To begin your journey, here are some of the best places to visit in Wales by car:
One-day road trip
Wales is small, and so even if you only have a day to explore the country you can still see a lot of its natural beauty by jumping in the car and revving your engine. Start your day in Swansea’s Maritime Quarter – with its castles and coastal views and city charm. Next take a trip through the countryside of South Wales, and head to the Big Pit National Coal Museum, where you can take tours underground and experience a real coal mine. Finally, spend the early evening watching the sunset across the spectacular scenery of Abergavenny, a market town with delicious local food and a stunning mountain backdrop.
Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales
Two-day road trip
If you have a couple of days to spare to enjoy Wales, head to the west of the country. Here you can find some of the more intriguing sites and quirky settings in the UK. Head first to Carmarthenshire – the home of the Brecon Beacons National Park, where you can take long walks along the rugged coastline and craggy cliffs. Next explore the breathtaking Coastal Path of Pembrokeshire and spend some time relaxing on its pretty beaches, the perfect place to stop overnight and relax. Pembrokeshire is also home to the historic sites of the Dylan Thomas Boathouse in Laugharne, St. Govan’s Chapel, a chapel built into the side of a limestone cliff, and St. Non’s Well and its ancient history.
Anglesey Lighthouse, Wales
Three-day road trip
If you have a good three days to see the sights of Wales then be sure to begin your journey in the north east of the country. Up here you will find some of the most impressive landscapes and interesting villages and towns.
Start your adventure by staying in the stunning village of Beddgelert in Snowdonia, the famous coastal mountain region that is picture-perfect and untouched. The medieval Welsh village is stunning and perfect for some relaxing time before continuing the drive. On the edge of Snowdonia National Park you will come to Portmeirton, known for being the setting of the movie ‘The Prisoner’ but also as one of the most stunning Italianate villages.
Next drive along the coast and take in the town of Caernarfon, a royal town with an overbearing castle and beautiful port. On your final day, head out to the island of Anglesey, with its Celtic folklore and Roman history that dates back to 60 AD, the island is fascinating and breathtaking.
Wales by Car with Kemwel
If you’ve been planning a visit to the United Kingdom, why restrict yourself to only those attractions accessible by public transportation? An affordable car rental in Wales will enable you to set out and explore on any number of day trips or road trips with convenience and ease! Kemwel offers a number of exclusive travel deals on more than just rental cars; check out our great rates on airfare to Europe, comfortable hotels, and more.
Few of the world cities offer the kind of magic and marvel that Oslo provides. Overlooked to some extent when compared to some of Europe’s more famous cities, Oslo is set in a lush landscape of natural beauty.
Oslo is also surrounded by some of Norway’s most wondrous forests, valleys, rolling hills and mesmerizing lakes. With all of that, as well as a plethora of other quirky and interesting cities and villages to see, day trips from Oslo will be your best way to see Norway. To help you plan your Oslo adventure, here’s some of the best day trips:
Northern Lights by Car
If you really want to experience the beauty of Norway’s wintry mountains and picturesque countryside then take a trip on a real life polar adventure and head north. If you give yourself enough time you will be able to marvel at the Christmas magic in Lapland and fill your winter fantasies with snowshoeing, dog-sledding, and even skiing. Wind up in the northern town of Lofoten where you might be able to catch one of nature’s most incredible sights; the Northern Lights.
Once again there can be no better way of taking in the true splendor of Norway’s visually incredible countryside than heading out to the Western Fjords. There are so many ways to take in these incredible pillars of stone and ice once you reach the western town of Voss. You’ll be able to choose between cruising along the meandering icy rivers or just walking amongst their chilly embrace – either way it’ll be a day to remember!
Kongsberg Silver Mines
The Buskerud region of Norway contains some of the country’s best historic sights and none are better than the Kongsberg Silver Mines. The mines themselves were active until 1958 when extraction stopped but all of the machinery, tunnels, and buildings became available to intrepid explorers ready to be amazed at what was one of Norway’s least known industries. This is known as the “King’s Mine” and is the biggest in the region at 1,830 feet below sea level. You’re bound to get some very unusual photos and be left with the kind of wonder that has been wowing 40,000 visitors every year!
What could be more “winter wonderland” than taking a day out of the hustle and bustle of Oslo and basking amongst the Vestre Aker borough of Holmenkollen. Here you will be met with a shimmering of fresh snow and an excellent range of outdoor activities, including a large ski hill which gives you an insight into why Norway always does so well at the Winter Olympics. Closer to the base of the ski hill there is a delightful town which surrounds a Royal Lodge; home of the Norwegian Royal Family during holidays like Christmas and the annual Ski Festival. Being very close to Oslo, this is one day of activity and a discovery that will bring you closer to a side of Norway you never expected. Also for fans of the novel The Snowman – this is where it is set!
Planning Your Own Day Trips from Oslo
If you’ve been planning a visit to Norway, why restrict yourself to only those attractions accessible by public transportation? An affordable car rental in Oslo will enable you to set out and explore on any number of day trips or road trips with convenience and ease! Kemwel offers a number of exclusive travel deals on more than just rental cars; check out our great rates on airfare to Europe, comfortable hotels, and more.
Set on the spectacular Rhone river in France’s Provence region, Avignon is one of the country’s most impressive cities, with reams of history in its magical buildings.
Once the center of Roman Catholicism, the city was left with majestic structures that represented its religious power, in particular the World Heritage listed Palais des Papes.
Once you have discovered the magnificent beauty of this prestigious city, why not explore the surrounding region in all its natural beauty and historic prowess by taking unforgettable day trips from Avignon. By touring France by car you can explore the heart of the Provence Region’s incredible countryside at your own pace and discover tucked-away villages and towns that make France simply delightful.
Here are some of the most amazing destinations within a short drive from Avignon:
Driving distance from Avignon: 30 minutes
Known for being the town where Van Gogh painted “Starry Night”, Saint Remy is a picture-perfect village that dates back to the ruins of its circular 14th century town wall. Its stunning Gallo-Roman interior features medieval buildings and ancient cobblestone streets. Take a walk through the streets and stop off at the many shops selling Provencal items, including regional pottery and sunflower plates inspired by Van Gogh himself.
Driving distance from Avignon: 40 minutes
Known as the “Island City”, the L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is at the foot of the Vaucluse plateau in the plains of the Comtat Venaissin. The city is known for its colorful hues and stunning country landscape, with a green canal that runs through the heart of the city that is usually lined with sparkling flowers. Walking along the narrow ancient streets is a real treat, as they criss-cross the canal on little bridges that lead to more alleyways. Many of the stunning mansions of the city have been converted into stunning galleries and museums, giving visitors an insight into the city’s marvelous buildings.
Driving distance from Avignon: 1 hour
The breathtaking drive between L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue and Roussillon is a memorable one, taking you through the rolling hills of the province and along the corkscrew bends of the mountainside road. Considered one of the most impressive villages in France, Roussillon is painted with the beautiful pinks of the cliffs and greens of the countryside landscape. Most of the buildings are made of red rocks and have red roofs, distinguishing the village from the others in the region.
Driving distance from Avignon: 2 hours
Balanced on a precarious cliff face, Monstiers-Ste-Marie is a town known for its world-famous ceramics. Dating back to the fifth century, the village is one of the most charming in the region and features a 12th century church, Notre Dame de l’Assomption, which was made of the pink volcanic rock found in this region.
Driving distance from Avignon: 40 minutes
Another picturesque rocky village, Le Baux-de-Provence dates back to medieval times. The village, which has been named one of the most beautiful in France, features a stunning fortified castle and impressive views across the region. The village also has a number of interesting museums for those looking to learn more about the village’s past.
Driving distance from Avignon: 35 minutes
Known to locals as “cours”, Cavaillon is a laidback Provencal town with beautiful streets perfect for shopping and wandering. The village will often have events taking place in the city center, including a large merry-go-round. The most beautiful part of the town is the old center, with pedestrian streets for walking and sights such as the Canal St Julien there to be enjoyed.
Planning Your Trip to Provence
If the breathtaking region of Provence is on your next itinerary, you’re sure to enjoy a few day trips outside of Avignon. Begin your journey in the historic city center, then set out and explore with your Avignon car rental! Kemwel provides great travel deals on whatever you may need, from transportation to comfy accommodations and more. Check out our rates online or give us a call at 1-877-820-0668 to start planning your next trip to Provence today.