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The beauty of Bangor is that it can provide a seaside setting for a city break. With Belfast an easy drive away you are going to need to take advantage of a car rental if you are going to make the most of your stay and really enjoy the best of both worlds.
You can arrange your car rental with Expedia before you arrive. This means you can find great car hire deals and then simply pick up your car with the minimum fuss from Belfast when you land.
With your car rental you can enjoy a day in Belfast and still watch the sunset over Bangor’s marina. Or, you can have a day by the beach and still take advantage of Belfast’s nightlife.
There’s plenty to see beyond the city too. A cruise down the coast is a great way to relax, stopping off on the way for a bite to eat or a picnic on a secluded beach.
If you continue your drive on the A2 past Belfast you will soon arrive at the historic village of Hillsborough. There will be delightful tearooms and intriguing antique shops to greet you and, just behind the village, you can discover a lake sheltering in a forest which you can take a leisurely stroll around.
If you choose to drive down the A21 you will come to a rather larger and more spectacular lake known as Strangford Lough. The scenic drive around the perimeter will reveal to you the wide variety of birdlife that make this area their home. It’s the perfect place for a spot of fishing, an adventure on a canoe or simply to take the car ferry across this beautiful expanse of water.
And it’s just a short drive back again to Bangor again.