Cardiff International Airport is located 12 miles west of the city centre, and thanks to its position surrounded by beautiful countryside, a stopover here can make for a scenic day out in South Wales, with plenty of things to see and do.
You can stock up at Cardiff Airport by heading to the Nuance Tax and Duty Free shop where you'll find great deals on wines and spirits, tobacco, cosmetics and electronics before you fly. There's also a choice of confectionary, as well as clothing and music offered at duty-free prices. W.H.Smith is on hand for all your holiday essentials, such as magazines and books, as well as snacks and gifts to take away, whilst the Bag Boutique is open for new luggage items, as well as shoes, jewellery and a range of accessories.
From snacks on the go, to full dining service, Cardiff Airport offers a choice of options. Cafe Ritazza provides hot and cold drinks and pastries, whilst Burger King sells fast food all day long, and the Food Village offers a range of hot food and sandwiches. For that pre-flight tipple, visit the Echo Bar or the Scrum Half Bar for a range of beverages.
To escape the hustle and bustle of Cardiff Airport's terminal, book a seat in the Executive Lounge to enjoy a relaxed quiet area before you fly, with free drinks, snacks, newspapers and magazines, TV and wi-fi. Or for a change of pace, head to one of the Game Zones in the terminal to while away some time before your flight.
The airport provides easy access to Cardiff city centre, which has plenty of historic sights, as well as excellent shopping in its many arcades, and a varied dining and entertainment scene. Cardiff Castle is a must-see, and there are daily tours available, whilst Llandaff Cathedral, the National Museum and Gallery of Wales, and Castell Coch are popular attractions too.
Interesting day trips from Cardiff include the beaches at Barry Island, and its old-fashioned Pleasure Park, and Penarth, with its Victorian pier, or a visit to the beautiful Vale of Glamorgan, home to classic Welsh landscapes full of rolling hills and a dramatic coastline.