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Wales - Tenby Harbour - l.n. photo

Wales - Tenby - l.n. photo

“The most beautiful part of Wales is the coastline of Pembrokeshire: the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park includes almost the entire coastline of South-West Wales, including the neighboring islands – Skomer, Skokholm and Grassholm, as well as Ramsey island, at the end of the northern peninsula enclosing St Brides Bay, and Caldey Island, near Tenby, a little to the south east. The national park includes also the estuary of Daugleddau, and the marshland surrounding the Preseli Hills. The hiking trail along the Pembrokeshire coast is around three hundred kilometers in length, but as at least two weeks would be needed to complete this journey, most choose to hike only a smaller section of this trail.

The winding coastline and dramatic cliffs – perhaps the finest in the whole of the UK – are interspersed with small fishing villages and long, sandy beaches. At times this landscape can appear bleak, windswept and isolated, but it is enlivened by over fifty ruined castles, as well as St. David’s Cathedral – the most important ecclesiastical monument in Wales.

In very general terms, we may say that tourists visit this region for three reasons: to walk a beautiful coastline, to encounter abundant wildlife, and to engage in outdoor pursuits such as surfing, sailing, canoeing, diving, fishing, horseback riding, sea kayaking and, of course, rock climbing.” (2019)


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Food

“Mussels, roasted goat’s cheese, sirloin steaks and fresh fish: these were the dishes which we were greeted with. (Perhaps surprisingly, Wales is home to many delicious local delicacies. On the south coast, where we were, these primarily involve seafood, including sea bass, seaweed, mussels and crab, but lamb is also popular, as is goat’s cheese, various types of ham and fudge.)

My colleague and I were careful always to order different dishes, so we could form an opinion on everything. The steak was cooked just the way I asked, and the leg of lamb was out of this world! Of course, we washed these down with some golden-hued local beers.”

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Wales - sweets - l.n. photo

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Wales - Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch - village with an easy-to-remember name - r.m. photo

Background

Wales - national flag

Destination in brief

Size: 20,735 km² (8000 q mi)

Population (in 2020): 3.1 million

Capital city: Cardiff

Languages: English and Welsh are the official languages - 99% of the population speaks English, 29,3% speak Welsh too

Religions:72% Christians, 19% no religion 

Currency: British pound

Average net monthly salary (in 2020, in Cardiff): 2300 USD

Most common surname: Jones

Gower peninsula - b.a. photo


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Wales - Cardiff - Millenium Centre, a national arts centre of Wales - s.m. photo

People

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Wales - Gower Peninsula - book - b.a. photo

Attractions

Portmeirion

Wales - Gwynedd in North Wales - Portmeirion - a tourist village built in the style of an Italian village - r.m. photo

Wales - Portmeirion Village - r.m. photo

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