Wales is one of the four home nations that constitute the United Kingdom. Mountainous, green, and ancient, as well as modern, rich and vibrant – these are the many faces of Wales. It charms travelers with its natural beauty and history and enriches minds with its cultural and rich literary heritage.
Wales has three regions – north Wales, mid Wales, south Wales. There are many cities such as Cardiff, Swansea, Hay-on-Wye, Tenby etc. Each region has its own specialty and offers diverse opportunities for the enjoyment of travelers. Lovers of outdoor attractions can enjoy the beaches, mountains and national parks; those looking for cultural and literary absorption can immerse themselves in the varied festivals, museums etc.
Swansea is the second largest city in Wales, an “ugly, lovely town” as described by Dylan Thomas. It is located on the Gower Peninsula – an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’. This place has been so designated because of its outstanding natural beauty. While there are many beautiful places in Swansea, the Swansea Castle and the National Waterfront Museum are two important landmarks. The latter presents an interesting overview of the growth of the industrial revolution.
Adventurous travelers can indulge in cycling and mountain biking as well as cruising in Swansea. This place has some of the most spectacular views. Make a visit to Oxwich Bay – a beautiful and renowned beach.
One of the most famous figures of Swansea, Dylan Thomas has a special place in this city. The Dylan Thomas Centre is dedicated to the poet’s life and works. It has an exhibition on the same, and a bookshop, restaurant and café.
Cardiff is the capital of Wales and is an exciting place to visit. One must visit the Millennium Stadium – the site of many sporting endeavors and victories. The Cardiff Castle on Castle Street is worth seeing for its impressive structure and other amazing features. The Brecon Beacons National Park is not far from Cardiff; revel in the hushed, lovely environs of a picturesque landscape or participate in activities like sailing and paragliding.
One can indulge for hours in shopping on Queen Street and St. Mary’s Street. There are many shops and a variety of goods available in the shopping malls. The Victorian arcades are another shopping area with little shops and food markets.
The weather may be unpredictable but if you go prepared, Wales is definitely worth a visit.