Wales Vacations

Wales is a country that lies on the western side of the island that forms the United Kingdom. It faces the Celtic Sea ales is a part of the British Isle but retains its independence as a separate country within the United Kingdom. Wales is home to over 600 castles that stretch across its landscape providing documentation as to the strategic importance this country claimed in Europe’s History. The most awe inspiring castles are located along the northern coast of Wales and include castles in the Caernarfon and Conwy area which are included in Unesco World Heritage List. The Wales landscape is comprised of beautiful rolling hills has many national parks available for exploring. Snowdonia is the largest park in Wales and also has the highest mountain in England or Wales. Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is ranked as one of the top coastal destinations in the world due to it's dramatic cliffs, beautiful beaches and quiet coves. Brecon Beacons National Park is recognized as International Dark Sky Reserve and where you can still find those darling Welsh mountain ponies. The history of Wales is tied closely to the Celtic tribes and traditions. Many natives still speak Welsh or Cymraeg, which is one of the original Celtic languages.

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Wales Vacations: Things to see while on vacation in Wales

Haunted, wild, desolate and singular, Wales is sheltered in a corner of the Great Britain island, packed between the Atlantic Ocean and industrial areas of England. Wales is a beloved destination for nature lovers, hikers, families and culture amateurs. If you fall in one of these categories, a Wales vacation could be of interest.

Wales Geography

Wales is part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain, positioned on the western side of the Great Britain island and has as neighbors England on the eastern direction, Bristol Channel on the South and Irish Sea on the West and North. The geographic of the Wales area was shaped by glaciers while the Pleistocene Era and dissected the territory into hills, plateaus and mountains, including the Brecon Beacons and Cambrian Mountains. The plateaus and hills region is on its turn sectioned by interior rivers. Wales is generally a mountainous region, that abounds in rivers, streams and tinny lakes. Some of the most important rivers around here are: Severn, Usk, Dee, Tywi and Wye. The country has a long coastline adorned with generous sandy beaches, dunes and rugged irregular cliffs weaves the most beautiful Welsh seascape - the peninsulas of Gower and Llyn.

Together with its elder sister England, Wales enjoys a maritime moderate climate with a high degree of unpredictability and dramatic shifts in short intervals. The influence of the Atlantic produces large quantities of rainfall and in combination with an irregular relief leads to weather conditions that differ largely from a day to another and also within the same day.

Wales History and Culture

The history of Wales has ties to the roots of the Celt tribess, whom migrated in this area a millennium before Christ. The first historic remarks appear once Romans invade the Welsh borders. The influence of Wales rises starting with the fifteenth century when Henry Tudor becomes King of England and installs the Tudor dynasty, which has Welsh origins. It’s the starting point of Welsh integration into the English public life and precedes the first Act of Union of 1536, when Wales formally joined England and passed under the government of the English law. Since 1997 Wales enjoys higher autonomy inside the United Kingdom particularly for local matters, that passed under the authority of the Welsh Assembly.

An important role in the history of Wales was played in the copper industry, which they controlled by the end of the 18th century and they supplied half of the world copper production.

The Welsh cultural traditions saw a revival during the 20th century, even if the population showed a cultural diversity that was represented by traditional industrial communities to cosmopolitanism inside the major urban centers. The Welsh linguistic distinctiveness survived, most part of population living in Wales speaks Welsh language as well. The Welsh language is based on a Brythonic variation of Celtic speech, which dates back the 6th century and claims to be one of the most ancient living languages in Europe.

Wales is the host of the most famous arts and literature festival in the world, organized yearly in Hay-on-Wye. Performances of the festival included combinations of literature with circus, cabaret, cinema, comedy, film, music, science and visual arts.

Wales Landmarks

*Conwy Castle
Some of the best preserved medieval fortifications in Britain, date back to 13th century and were constructed in just four years by King Edward I, during the English conquest of Wales. A highlight of the medieval military architecture, Conwy Castle is a dark rocky fortress strategically positioned above the Conwy estuary. As a key point inside the “iron ring” of Welsh castles it has as background the scenic Snowdonia National Park. Centuries of history attend to be discovered inside the walls, towers and turrets of Conwy castle and unveil an authentic atmosphere of the bygone eras.

*Harlech Castle
Another jewel of medieval architecture, the impregnable Harlech Castle touched the highest expectations, while resisting a 7 years siege, the longest British Isles ever knew. It is the masterpiece of Edward’s I military architect, the Savoyard James of St George constructed by the end of the 13th century. Gifted with a privileged location on a cliff peak overlooking the Irish Sea, the Harlech Castle has a concentric rings “walls within walls” architecture. This structure of defense walls made it virtually inexpugnable from any point and resisted to several severe sieges. The Castle become headquarters of the rebellion against the English led by Welsh Prince Owain Glyndwr. Due to accomplishing very well the tasks it was built for, in 1647 the Parliament sentenced it to destruction or slighting. But Harlech won once again and remains today a well preserved architectural masterpiece of ancestors.

*The Blaenavon Industria Landscape
Blaenavon Industrial Landscape is an unconventional touristic site, but relates an extraordinary story of the driving forces that lead the Industrial Revolution. The whole area, including the sites Big Pit and Blaenavon Ironworks, the remains of the mineral exploitation and the settlements of transport and manufacture witnessed the grandeur and the decadence of an era. The development of the coal and iron industry in Wales was prominent and an important phase in its history. Visitors that explore Blaenavon can get a glimpse of the mining life of the 19th century, while inspecting the underground works and the surface buildings that hosted the production. Also, the surroundings, the town and the traces of the lost communities are vivid evidences of the people who made the industrial revolution happen, be it investors or workers.

*Bodnant Garden
Bodnant Garden that was built by Lord Aberconway in 1875 which has a great collection of magnolias and rhododendrons and is open February to November in Tal-y-Cafn, Colwyn Bay, Gwynedd.