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If you like to be active while you’re on holiday, Cardiff is a great place to visit, with many leisure activities available both in the city and the surrounding area. There are many adventure sports hotels in the region that either offer activities on site or are able to help you to find and book activities nearby. You can choose a level of luxury that suits your tastes and budget, from elegant five star hotels down to more basic two star accommodation.
Cardiff Bay is a paradise for watersports enthusiasts, and you can choose from swimming, rowing, fishing, sailing, windsurfing, powerboating, waterskiing, white water rafting, kayaking, surfing and paddle boarding. You can find the Cardiff Bay Water Activity Centre, the Cardiff Sailing Centre, the Cardiff Bay Yacht Club, Cardiff International White Water and many more clubs and centres in Cardiff Bay, offering training courses as well as activities for the more advanced.
Some of the other leisure activities available around Cardiff include golf, snowboarding, hiking, cycling, mountain biking, climbing, horse riding, quad biking, cross-country skiing, skydiving, snorkelling and shooting.
There are several golf courses in the area around Cardiff, and some hotels even have their own courses and offer golf lessons. If you’re a keen golfer you will find yourself spoilt for choice with so many good courses nearby.
The countryside around Cardiff is excellent for cycling and mountain biking, with many dedicated trails and routes within the region and passing through it. Some of the off-road trails include: the Ely Trail, which runs between Cardiff Bay and St Fagans; the Rhymney Trail, running alongside the Rhymney River; and the Taff Trail, a 55-mile trail that runs from Cardiff Bay, through Pontypridd and Merthyr Tydfil, as far as Brecon. There are a number of places where you can rent bikes in the area and, in common with other major cities, Cardiff even has its own cycle hire scheme.
There are many outdoor activity centres in the countryside around Cardiff. The Taff Valley Quad Biking and Activity Centre, in Pontypridd, offers quad biking, archery, laser shooting and clay pigeon shooting. Adventures Wales, near Bridgend, offers quad biking, paintballing, high ropes, laser tag and rock climbing on land, as well as canyoning, coasteering, gorge walking, surfing lessons, white water rafting, surf kayaking, raft building and paddle boarding.
The Brecon Beacons National Park is less than an hour’s drive from Cardiff, and offers many outdoor activities, including walking, running, cycling, mountain biking, horse riding, pony trekking, golf, wildlife watching, hang-gliding, paragliding, gliding, power kiting, rafting, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing, boating, windsurfing, fishing, caving, potholing, rock climbing and abseiling.
If you love adventure sports, Cardiff is a great holiday destination, with just about every activity you can imagine well catered for in the city or the surrounding countryside. By booking an adventure sport hotel through Expedia you can be certain of getting good value and friendly service, and hotel staff will be able to point you towards some of the best places for recreational activities.