Wales is a small country with a population of approximately three million people located in the west of England. The country is divided into four geographical zones—north Wales, south Wales, west Wales and mid Wales. Towards the east of Wales is Scotland—which is currently fighting for its independent referendum and towards the West of Wales is Ireland.
Wales is well known for its distinct cultural identity and rugby football its national sports. Though Wales once had a huge reservoir of coal, now it is economically pretty much dependent on the United Kingdom. Cardiff is the capital city of Wales and it can be reached by either train or bus from London in a matter of few hours. From the rest of England too it is well connected by road, rail and airways. Cardiff international airport is the direct entry point for tourists directly wanting to visit Wales.
Wales is a bilingual country where people speak both Welsh and English and you will commonly find all road-signs displaying instructions in both the languages.
It is worth mentioning here that Cardiff University though not as popular as Oxford or Cambridge is increasing becoming a centre of higher education among a large section of international students.
There is so special visa required to enter Wales if you already have a visa and a passport to enter the UK.
Wales might not popularly feature in an international tourist’s itinerary, but its large un-spoilt beaches, majestic castles and its beautiful rocky terrain makes it a coveted destination for travelers looking for less crowded, quiet country-side and sea shores to relax in a holiday.
Wales has three major national parks: Snowdonia National Park—the mountainous belt which is the home for the highest mountain in Britain and Wales—Snowdon (1085m), the Brecon Beacons National Park which is all green rolling hills spotted with a number of castles and Pembrokeshire National Park which covers a large wind-swept coastlines. Due to the presence of these large coastlines Wales is also well known a major adventure sports—coasteering .
Alternatively if you do not enjoy much of adventure sports, you can plan tours just walking down Wale’s picturesque beaches. Some such walks can be taken around Llanddwn island in Anglesey, Llyn peninsula, Dear Park to Marloes in Pembrokeshire and Penmean to Three Cliffs Bay in Gower. This will give you a chance to see some of the most beautiful sunset by the sea-shore and spot several rock-pools and sea birds. St Davis—Britain’s smallest city is located in Pembrokeshire. So you can always plan a trip to this city or spend a day having a picnic by the beach.
The second option for you if you simply love walking is Wales special autumn walk season where one generally walk over the rivers and through the woods. The enchanting Wye Valley Walk, Beacon Canal towpath and the National Botanical Gardens are the most popular routes for such walks.
Your walks will give you an excellent opportunity to amble past small hillocks, moors, orchards, woodlands, meadows and quaint villages. You will also get to spot a variety of birds, animals and butterflies on your way.
Inland fishing and sea fishing in Wales are known to be the best in Britain. So if you are in the mood to fish some salmons, June to October is the prime time to find some game in the rivers. Better still, if you want to catch some small sharks, the sea is open to you with its bountiful games all throughout the year.
Wales is also known to have more castles than any other country in Europe. You cannot possibly visit all the 500 castles—some of which are majestic and some of which are in ruins. But some of them which should not certainly miss out are Conway Castle, Denbigh Castle, Raglan Castle, Caerphilly Castle and Kidwelly Castle. You can spend days visiting some of these large medieval castles and get to understand the country’s history and culture. If you are looking forward to romantic evening with your partner, you can wait till sundown and enjoy a meal by the splendid sight of the lighted castles.
You should note that as tourists have several options to stay in Wales. You can stay in any of those opulent heritage castle-hotels, the normal bed and breakfast hotel s or book any of the pretty cottages in the countryside for home stays. However, if you are looking forward to something very cosy and different, once you step into Wales you should not miss the opportunity to live in some of its most romantic both holes.
Other than the beaches and the palaces, there are also a number of lush parks in Wales which include Cobly Woodland Garden, National Botanical Garden of Wales, Bodnant Garden and Clyne Gardens. There are number of fascinating museums like the National Museum in Cardiff, Big Pit National Coal Museum, The National Waterfront Museum, The National Wool Museum and the National Roman Legion Museum.
This should sum up the fact that this coastal country has more places to visit and activities to excite you than you could have probably imagined. If you are done with visiting the castles and walking by the beach you can also try surfing on Gower peninsula, mountain biking in Coyed-y-Brenin, Canyoning in Brecon Beacons or canoeing on the river Wye.
Lastly never forget to leave Wales without tasting its famous afternoon tea. If you are there any time in mid-September do not miss out on the country’s eclectic food festivals.