The most underrated of the countries that make up the United Kingdom, Wales is one of its most integral parts, yet struggles to overcome the large shadows cast by its more prominent neighbors. Those who have visited it, however, know it better as a uniquely unforgettable experience.
Much like the red dragon on its national flag, the people of Wales are passionate, yet welcoming. They are proud of their culture and believe in it but are nonetheless curious and perceptive enough to embrace change and diversity.
Wales is known for its quaint urban landscape – from the classic Swansea to the industrial-turned-port city Newport, to the cosmopolitan capital Cardiff (which is one of the most principal filming locations in the UK), there is more than enough for the urban adventurer. The unique thing about Welsh cities is that while they have all the modern facilities one can think of, they gold steadfast to their history and heritage. Alongside all the modernity, one will always find smattering of history in the museums, medieval castles and various historic sites that portray the iconic coal mining industry, which is a large part of what the nation stands for.
The outdoors are fabulous as well, with green hills, colorful seaside and UNESCO-listed beaches. Attractions include the picturesque island of Anglesey (which is also the largest island), the Snowdonia National Park (housing Snowdon – the highest peak in Wales), and some of the most rewarding hiking trails in all of the UK.
Wales has two official languages – English and Welsh. Most people are bilingual and speak both languages equally well.
A few facts about Wales:
- The Welsh name for Wales is Cymru.
- Wales is known to contain the highest concentration of castles per square mile in the entire world
- The country is often called “the land of song” due to a high concentration of solo artists, harpists, and male choirs having their origins in the country.