Strewn with vast green open spaces and 1400 kilometres of majestic coastline, Wales is a country full of visual splendour and drama, set against a historic backdrop of druids, castles and conquest. This is country steeped in history, with a vibrant 21st century culture and a landscape begging to be explored.
Want a slice of the alternative? Wales is known for the delightfully quirky and imaginative: like zip lines that soar over national parks, a trampoline park set in a cave, and even an inland WaveGarden offering break after perfect break for surfers of all levels.
Dramatic craggy coastlines are perfect for adventure sports like coasteering, surfing, paddle-boarding and kitesurfing and calm rivers ideal for kayaking or chugging along on a canal boat. Stretch your legs on a dedicated walk path which runs the length of the Welsh coastline or budding astronomers can seek out some of Britain’s clearest night skies in the Brecon Beacons National Park.
Wales’ charismatic poets and novelists like Dylan Thomas and Roald Dahl charmed audiences around the world. Cardiff has since become a thriving hub for creative talent, with Dr Who, Sherlock and Hinterland among its most popular exports.
Wales could easily be named the castle capital of the world – it has 641 castles from Raglan in the south east to Pembroke in the south-west and Beaumaris on the Isle of Anglesey.
The capital Cardiff has its own 1,000-year-old fortress sitting alongside buzzing nightlife and outstanding restaurants. The National Museum of Wales has the largest collections of Impressionist paintings outside of Paris while St Fagan’s Museum has re-created more than 40 original historic buildings to show you how Welsh families lived through the centuries. Or else you can catch a major sports event (don’t miss a game of Wales’ favourite sport, rugby!) at the iconic Millennium Stadium.