The Vale of Glamorgan, to the southwest of Cardiff, contains the Victorian seaside towns of Penarth and Barry. Here you can enjoy the seascapes, have a day at the seaside and relax as you feel the sand between your toes.
Nearby the picturesque town of Cowbridge can be visited as you drive to evocative historic places such as Saint Donat's or Fonmon castle.
Also in the Vale of Glamorgan is Comeston Lakes, whose setting in a country park makes the ideal location for a lazy picnic or a strenuous walk.
A drive along the majestic Glamorgan Heritage Coast between Llantwit Major and Ogmore-by-Sea takes you to dramatic cliffs that afford spectacular views across the Bristol Channel. Head off onto the back roads around Ogmore-by-Sea to enjoy one of the most spectacular scenic drives that Wales can offer.
With the Brecon Beacons and its mountains, moorland, waterfalls and vibrant communities an easy drive to the north there is just one problem with hiring a car in Cardiff: knowing which direction to first head off in!