Wales

Wales

Wales is west of England and across the water from Ireland. It has a population of less than three million and a land mass of just over 20,000 square kilometers. Welsh culture is more than just rugby and male voice choirs. It’s a country that has fought hard to retain its national identity in the face of adversity, through good and bad economic times, and has succeeded in preserving its own language and traditions. Wales is replacing the gap left by a failed coal mining industry with tourism.

Wales has much to offer the outdoor enthusiast, from beautiful rugged coastlines to snow-capped mountains like┬áMount Snowdon, the region’s highest at a mere 3560 feet. Cycling, hiking, kayaking (known as canoeing here), horse riding, rock climbing and mountain biking are all activities on offer in the Welsh countryside.

The beloved home of Hollywood’s Catherine Zeta Jones, it also has a landscape that passed for China in the latest Tomb Raider film. Johnny Depp is said to have bought a round in his ‘local’ whilst filming his latest film. Stars have put the nation in the limelight, although these are not the only glamorous things about Wales – capital city Cardiff’s nightlife is on the up and up and time traveler Dr. Who even parked his Tardis here during another mission to save Earth.

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