My review of Wales is as simple as this: bendigedig! (Having grown up in this fantastic country I feel I am qualified to write a review, however, I think I should leave out the welsh..)
Often the place is the brunt of many jokes (and admittingly, if entering from the M4 the view of the muddy Severn and the bleak marshlands might make you inclined to turn around, especially after paying the ridiculous toll charge..)
From the friendly, cosmopolitan buzz of Cardiff to the serenity of the quiet fishing towns on the west coast, you'll be suprised at the range of things Wales has to offer. The tourism initiative has improved transport links, especially trains and the quality of roads are good. Being a peninsula country the beach is never far away (try the mumbles and the general south for some gorgeous blue flag delights) and the same can be said for mountains -- Wales has long been nicknamed 'God's country' and an afternoon drive through the Brecon Beacons really solidifies that as fact.
Of course it's not all scenery -- if you fancy thrills, Oakwood theme park (Pembrokeshire) is a good day out and for the children Folly Farm cannot be beaten!
I suspect the majority of us have visited Wales at some point in our lives,either on holiday, a day trip or some of you may be fortunate to live in the beautiful wales, If you haven't first of all i'd like to tell you a bit about it.
It is located on a peninsula in the south west of great Britain and is bordered by many English counties, and three seas.
The population is estimated to be around 3 million and the largest city is Cardiff which also plays host as it's capital and from there is divided into 22 other counties covering the north and south.
It's area, the size of wales is around 8023 square miles, and has a coastline of over 170miles.
Much of Wales' diverse landscape is mountainous, particularly in the north and central regions, the highest mountain in Wales are in Snowdonia (Eryri), and include Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa), which, at 1085 m (3,560 ft) is the highest peak in Wales.
The clean and clear coastal waters of wales attract many marine animals who visit the coasts at different times of the year, these include basking sharks, Atlantic grey seals, leatherback turtles, dolphins, porpoises, jellyfish, crabs and lobsters and a whole array of fish which also makes wales a popular place for fisherman.
Parts of Wales have been heavily industrialised since the 18th century and the early Industrial Revolution. Coal, copper, iron, silver, lead, and gold have been extensively mined in Wales, and slate has been quarried. dominating the Welsh economy, transforming the landscape and society in the industrial districts of south and north-east Wales.
Wales has a distinctive culture including its own language, customs, holidays and music.
Wales is primarily represented by the symbol of the red Welsh Dragon, but other national emblems include the leek and daffodil, for which there are different holidays over the year to celebrate each one.
Wales to most people is known for it;s superb landscape, and breathtaking scenery, where ever you are in wales there is always something of beauty to gaze at,thats why it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Britain with millions of people coming every year on holiday, whether it be camping, caravaning, staying in the numerous bed and breakfasts, people flock to wales to enjoy it's beauty. Nine times out of ten it will be raining but what else can you expect from British weather?? But there is so much to see and do that the rain is left behind.
Railways are also very well recognized in wales, not the high speed commute ones that get you to and from work, but the stream trains, which are scattered everywhere you go, and to take a trip through wales in a stream train is a magical experience.
A very popular place to visit is Llanddudno which is wales largest resort, it is home to the largely famous great orme and little orme- Llandudno's two mountains. The beauty of Llandudno lies within it's Victorian and Edwardian elegance. With many a teashops, bed and breakfasts all relating to this era. With two wonderful beaches a day trip or even a weekend stay is recommended.
I have been coming to wales for as long as i can remember at first i came my with nan and grandad and we used to stay in a little town called Tywyn in north wales,then i visited places like llangollen, Harlech, Barmouth,Aberdovey, Snowdonia, all of which are unique in their own way.
With more and more people now having to resort to having holidays within the UK, as money is a big issue i would defiantly recommend wales as a place to visit, even it's just a day trip to the beach or two weeks caravaning there always something in wales for everyone.