Wales is officially part of the United Kingdom (UK); however, we feel it deserves its own space. With over 600 castles, some UNESCO World Heritage sites to others in ruins, Wales is called the 'Castle Capital of the World'. There is more, though: this is the land where dragons are said to roam, magic swords and holy drinking vessels exist, and it even has its prince.
The scenery is outstanding. Snowdonia is a beautiful range of mountains and hills located in the county of Gwynedd, with 14 magnificent peaks over 3,000 feet high. The most famous is the 3,546-foot Snowdon peak accessible by train.
Brecon Beacons National Park is a hiker's paradise, as are the other 155 hikes, which include eight long-distance trails. Traditional Welsh cuisine includes cawl, Welsh rarebit, laverbread, Welsh cakes, bara brith, and the Glamorgan sausage.
Live bands and several music festivals feature throughout the year. FOCUS Wales in May sees the town of Wrexham in the north of Wales attract 10,000 people for a few days of fun and events with up to 200 bands performing. The pubs and nightclubs have a little of everything from the modern to the charming and charismatic. Each oozes atmosphere. Rest-assured the Welsh do pubs well. Around every corner is another lovely pub filled with locals, songs, and a warm welcome.
Within Cardiff alone, you can witness and taste a selection of delicious cocktails such as the Pennyroyals renowned smoking cocktails - a favourite - as are the offerings at many others, including Ten Mill Lane, Mocka Lounge and the list goes on.
In the winter months, you can attend a rugby match at the Cardiff Arms Park and join in the song. Welsh folk festivals are lively events and revolve around singing, music, dance, and food. There's the Wales International Harp Festival, and Lost Cove, a surf and music festival in Pembrokeshire each April.
Come and say "hello" to Wales and its proud, passionate people and glorious landscape.
The great thing about Wales is the temperatures differ little through the seasons. Spring is one of the prettiest of seasons, while summer in Wales may be rainy and warm with daylight hours, reaching up to seven hours per day.
If you are looking for good weather and less dense crowds, April, May, September, or October are good choices. June to October, the warmest months, are the driest and perfect for walking, climbing, road trips, and the great outdoors.
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