5 Best Places to Live in Wales

Wales has a lot to offer when it comes to affordable housing, friendly communities, a strong sense of identity and history and great natural locations. From stunning scenery and quiet villages to vibrant cities and towns, there’s something for everyone in the land of the dragon.

If you are considering relocating to Wales, here are our five best places to live:

1. Aberdyfi

Peace and tranquillity abound should you decide to move to Aberdyfi, a seaside resort nestled in the shadow of the Snowdonia Mountain Range. It’s a step above your normal holiday destination, however, and it’s a haven for sailing and fishing enthusiasts. There’s even an 18 hole golf course to keep visitors happy.

If you don’t mind the throng of summer tourists, it’s also a beautiful place to live with affordable homes and a location that’s not far from major Welsh towns such as Bangor. In the winter, when the snow is on the mountains, you’ll also find some of the most stunning views in the world.

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2. Cardigan

Cardigan Bay in West Wales is another one for nature lovers and those who like their fresh air. With a host of National Trust areas, there’s plenty to see and do all year round and the nearby beaches are often filled with tourists taking in a leisurely walk or surfing.

Close to the university town of Aberystwyth there’s plenty of opportunity to commute to your place of work if you wish. Housing is also affordable compared to more urban areas. Pick the right property with a great view and you won’t ever want to leave.

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3. Crickhowell

Nestled in the Usk Valley, south of the Black Mountains just an hour from the Severn bridge lies Crickhowell. There are no major stores here as the locals have decided to promote independent shops. For a special sense of community and belonging there’s no better place to settle down. On the eastern edge of the Brecon Beacons the vista is rather fantastic too!

You’ve also got the nearby Abergavenny Food Festival to keep you entertained each year and the central location means you’re not that far from other areas of Wales if you want to get out and about.

Find out more about Crickhowell.

4. Carmarthen

Perhaps you are looking for something a little livelier and near to bigger population centres. In that case, Carmarthen on the A48 is a pretty good choice. Just to the West of Swansea and around an hour’s drive from Cardiff, it has the best of both worlds. The nearby Brecon Beacons offer plenty of activities going on throughout the year and you’re never more than a stone’s throw from a gorgeous beach.

With more affordable housing than Wales’ two cities Carmarthen is a great location with plenty of community spirit but which is close enough those important urban job opportunities.

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5. Cardiff

For those that have city living in their blood, Cardiff is the capital of Wales and an area that has undergone significant transformation and regeneration in the last couple of decades. Not only is it home to the Millennium Stadium and Welsh Rugby, the city has a thriving centre that hosts several cultural events throughout the year.

For a major city hub, the cost of living and housing is relatively low compared to other locations in the UK. With a well-connected airport and London just a couple of hours along the M4 to the East, there’s a lot to be said for this jewel in the Welsh crown.

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If you are seriously considering moving to Wales please remember there are different property legislation in Wales, talk to one of our local property advisers for expert advice!

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