Cardiff, the commercial capital and largest city of Wales was established as the county town of Glamorgan after the union of Wales and England, and to no doubt of my own has been ranked as one of the top tourist destinations in the world by National Geographic.
The town is extremely scenic and very colorful. Home to several cultural and sports institutions, Cardiff stands tall and proud with a delicious blend of age old castles and new age franchises.
The city is bustling with sports enthusiasts and we happened to meet some of them at Walkabout-the Australasian bar right after a football game at the Millennium stadium of Cardiff. Definitely one of the highlights of my trip! 🙂
The Cardiff city center is gorgeous and one can walk from here to the Cardiff bay area (one of the most beautiful walk-a-thons) in about 30 minutes. The walk is so beautiful it almost projects a holiday vibe as you leisurely stroll along.
The roads are well structured and the most delightful part is- almost all facets of the city overlook the bay!
It is a pleasure walking past magic fountains, elegant aparetments and graffiti covered walls down to the bay where peopleare almost always out walking their dogs, cycling or simply enjoying the incredible views that Cardiff has to offer.
The city hall and the crown buildings are the main government offices but the most beautiful building is probably the county hall at the Cardiff bay center.
The Cardiff bay area is a stunning location, and is home to the world famous Senedd, a popular tourist spot with extremely urban architecture.
Another building which I liked particularly is the Wales Millennium center, a cultural hub right at the center of Cardiff bay. The bay area is a fabulous sunset spot and it feels incredible to walk through the innumerable bars, clubs and sea facing restaurants present in this area. Each place is extremely unique, and if you’re in Cardiff I recommend Signor Valentino for mouth watering delicacies. The restaurant is strategically located and extremely beautiful 🙂
One is overwhelmed with the choice of restaurants ranging from Bella Italia to Cafe Rouge, the very classy Mimosa restaurant and others with interesting names like “La Iquanas”! The Irish coffee which comes as a surprising delicacy blended with whiskey is my absolute favorite sitting in Cafe Rouge and gorging on some sandwiches with this coffee is my happiest memory of Cardiff..
The city is even more fabulous by night, and lights up like its Christmas every day.. In fact, an evening spent at Mermaid Quay is almost like a dream sequence, with pretty lights, a view of the boat houses and the smell of Welsh beer!
Moving on to the most guarded cultural heritage of this incredible country, the Cardiff castle is one of the most popular delights of Wales, located in the city of Cardiff. The castle is grand and stands resembling a majestic fortress.
It houses the War memorial and once you’ve climbed on top of the castle rock it provides excellent views of the city of Cardiff and the bay beyond.
One can even see the clock tower and the Millennium stadium from here.
The castle interiors are intricate and extremely well preserved, considering the structure was bombed several times over the years.
The most exhilarating part of the castle tour is visiting the underground passage way which used to serve as a shelter for hiding soldiers, many of whom lived in the cold, dark tunnels through years and eventually died there as well.
Cardiff reminds me of sunshine and happiness, dogs and pretty lights and really, really good sea food! I really hope you get a chance to visit this city as there is no way one can not fall in love with Cardiff!
It’s my happy place. Gulls flying, swans in the lake, lots of children and dogs playing around, colorful streets and huge shopping arcades- anytime I feel low I simply close my eyes and imagine I’m in Cardiff! I wish the same kind of happiness to you.