Located on the western shoulder of central Great Britain, Wales is a country of islands, magical coastlines and castles. With its capital in Cardiff, Wales – along with England, Scotland and Northern Ireland – forms part of the United Kingdom.
While there are numerous fascinating historical attractions to see in Wales, many travelers venture there because of its renowned natural beauty. Wales possesses many a pristine, beautiful beach (over 100 in fact) and 750 miles of lovely coastline that looks out at 50 islands. For those wanting to incorporate fresh air, the great outdoors and pleasant walks into their vacation to Wales, exploring the Wales Coastal Path is a wonderful option.
Beyond the Welsh coastline, Wales is really most known for its mountains – with Mount Snowdon, which is located inside Snowdonia National Park – being its crown jewel. Additionally, Wales is home to two other outstanding national parks, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and Brecon Beacons National Park, as well as several other particularly-spectacular areas like the Wye Valley, the Gower Peninsula, the Clwydian Range and the island of Anglesey.
Because of its breathtaking scenery, Wales is a paradise for vacationers seeking outdoor pursuits. Whitewater rafting, hiking, golfing, cycling, mountain biking, climbing, fishing, and horse riding all are great options. Wales is also famed for its steam trains and today they are still a great way to explore the Welsh countryside. Green-thumbed travelers will also be amazed at the fantastic gardens in Wales. We recommend visiting the National Botanic Garden of Wales near Llanarthne, the Dyffryn Gardens in the Vale of Glamorgan, and the Aberglasney Gardens in the Tywi valley of Carmarthenshire.
In land size, Wales is just a smidgen larger than the state of New Jersey. Because of this and its proximity to nearby countries, an itinerary to Wales is very easy to pair with visits to England, Scotland, Ireland or Northern Ireland.
Largest cities: Cardiff, Swansea and Newport