If you wish to travel to Cardiff, you can book cheap flights to the Rhoose Cardiff International Airport (CWL), which is the only international airport in Wales. It is 19km west of the city. Some international airlines that serve the airport include Qatar Airways, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Ryanair, Dragonfly, TUI, and Vueling Airlines among others. The best time to travel to Cardiff is between March and May, when spring welcomes visitors to the city to enjoy outdoor attractions and colourful gardens. Particularly in summer (between May and August), visitors can enjoy sunny days and mild temperatures during the evenings. However, you need to book hotels in Cardiff in advance.
As the capital of Wales, Cardiff has many attractions that hark back to the cultural and traditional heritage of the city. Here are the top spots to visit in and around the city. Wales Millennium Centre This is an internationally renowned cultural and performing arts centre. Come and enjoy operas, ballet, art exhibitions, comedy, and blockbuster musicals. Cardiff City Stadium Home to the Cardiff City FC, the stadium comes to life on weekends during football league matches. It also plays host to major concerts and live performances. St David's Hall This is the country's national conference centre and concert venue. Here, guests can attend major events, including the yearly Welsh Proms, BBC Cardiff Singer of the World contests, and orchestral performances. Snowdonia National Park Teeming with wildlife and traditional villages, the park provides chances to hike, enjoy scenic waterfalls and see the historic steam railway winding through the mountainous landscape.
Apart from its rich history, Cardiff is also a destination where you can immerse yourself in nature or take your tastebuds on a tour of the local and regional Cardiff restaurants. Viva Brazil Cardiff, located in the city centre, welcomes guests in a lively Brazilian atmosphere. Guest can taste speciality steaks in various cuts and choose from a large selection of salads. At Turtle Bay, you can expect to taste street food-inspired dishes, including panko squids, crispy okra, and grilled prawns. The Welsh Rarebit, a culinary delight among locals, is a must-try. It combines paprika, cayenne pepper, ale, sauce, cheese, and mustard. The Brecon Beacons National Park provides visitors with countless cycling, horseback riding, hiking, and biking opportunities just an hour and a half by car from Cardiff. Along the way, you can enjoy the lush scenery and stop off at picturesque spots for a picnic. For a daring adventure, you can also go paragliding or white-water rafting. Cardiff city also boasts beautiful gardens where visitors can take a breather and relax in a natural setting.
When you rent a car in Cardiff, there are several traffic rules and regulations you must observe. Travellers coming from other destinations in Europe and beyond must be 17 years old and above – for car rentals even older. Read the terms and conditions of your rental car, normally you need at least 25 years to rent a car there. In addition, you must have an international driving licence. In Cardiff, motorists are required to keep left when driving. All controls, including the steering column and pedals, should be on the right side. Otherwise, you'll have a difficult time when changing lanes and negotiating a roundabout. When visiting different areas in the city, carry enough cash in form of coins to pay parking fees. The "Pay-n-Display" requires you to obtain a ticket and stick it on the windscreen. With car hire services, you can reach several attractions within the city, including the Tintern Abbey in Monmouthshire, or Margam Park located in Port Talbot off Margam Rd.