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Cardiff City, a port town in Cardiff Bay, is a trending destination with many outdoor attractions. Rent a car in Cardiff and discover the city's ancient castles and historical buildings. You can go to the acclaimed Doctor Who event or go for a cultural retreat at the Wales Millennium Centre or the New Theatre in Cardiff. Wales is also known for its cuisine. Visit the city's numerous bars and restaurants for a memorable gastronomic excursion.

It's your choice: Where to go in Cardiff

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.

Things to do in Cardiff

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.

Important information about Cardiff

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.

Weather in Cardiff
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Country Wales
Language Welsh, English
Currency Pound sterling
Time-Zones GMT
Country Code +44

Good to know

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.

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What to taste in Cardiff

When you travel to Cardiff, sampling traditional Welsh dishes is a must. There are many things to taste, including both local ingredients and regional menus. Laverbread, also referred to as Welsh caviar, is a savoury dish that surprisingly has no bread. It is a puree which features different ingredients including the laver, a palatable seaweed with several nutritional benefits. Traditional Welsh cakes are a delicious treat. Although traditionally prepared using flour, eggs, milk, currants, and butter, some cakes have a modern touch, incorporating different flavours like chocolate and cream liquor. Being part of the Welsh community, Cardiff is a popular place to discover the different cheese in Wales, including the minced Caerphilly and cheddar, both of which offer distinct tastes and texture here.

What to bring your friends from Cardiff

You can drive through the city streets and discover many shops in Cardiff that sell different items that would make thoughtful souvenirs for your family and friends back at home. A great place to start is the Central Market. The historic market was established in the late 19th century. With many speciality stores, you'll find a wide variety of unique souvenirs here. Apart from food items, you can purchase unique vintage items, such as records or stylish hats. Because of the town's love for football and rugby, it would be nice to buy a few jerseys to take home with you. Most stalls in the major markets and arcades offer these sport kits and scarves at affordable prices. And it's a nice gesture that shows support for the Welsh sports scene.