A modern capital, a rich history and a spectacular nature that lends itself perfectly to outdoor activities: Wales has it all. Here are some good reasons to discover Wales collected by our travel experts…
Cardiff (Caerdydd in Welsh), cosmopolitan, young and full of events, is the capital of Wales. On the waterfront, Cardiff Bay, you will find the Cultural and Art Center (the Millennium Center) and the new Assembly Building, all of glass and slate. Just like the very modern Principality Stadium (formerly known as the Millennium Stadium), these emblems of modernity coexist in harmony with the past, such as Cardiff Castle, a jewel in the city center.
Museums and heritage
Seven free national museums tell the story of Wales through art, history, and nature. The Wales Millennium Center is home to major arts and entertainment companies. The National Museum is dedicated to art and natural history, and holds beautiful Impressionist paintings. At Big Pit, National Coal Museum, go 90 meters underground with a miner.
Three national parks await you in Wales. Snowdonia National Park is the largest, dominated by Mount Snowdon, the highest peak in the country. It is also home to a huge natural lake: Llyn Tegid. The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is Britain’s largest coastal park and offers spectacular views of a coastline of sandy beaches and cliffs. The Brecon Beacons National Park is a haven of tranquility, with its woods, reservoirs, caves and waterfalls.
The charms of the coast
Wales is also 1,200 kilometers of coastline and a host of seaside resorts. In Victorian seaside towns like Llandudno, stroll along the pier. At New Quay, take a boat trip to see dolphins, seals and porpoises. In some villages, life is organized around the beach, as in Llangennith, the unofficial capital of surfing in Wales.
The parks and gardens
Gardens abound in Wales. Indeed, its location west of Britain combined with the effects of the Gulf Stream allows plants to flourish beautifully. Bodnant Garden is one of the most beautiful gardens in the UK, and in Portmeirion gardens take full advantage of the mild climate.
The narrow gauge railways of Wales are a pleasant and picturesque way to discover the landscapes. Some of the steam trains are over 100 years old. There are not two of them, but all have retained the charm of yesteryear. Check out Wales Steam Trains online for further information.