As one of United Kingdom’s countries, Wales has a living Celtic culture that is distinct to the rest of the United Kingdom. It is divided into three regions namely North Wales, Mid Wales, and South Wales. Principal areas within Wales include Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd, Isle of Anglesey, Merthyr Tydfil, Monmouthshire, Neath Port Talbot, Newport, Pembrokeshire, Powys, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Swansea, Torfaen, Vale of Glamorgan, and Wrexham. Wales is bordered by England, the Irish Sea, and the Bristol Channel, to the east, north and west, and south. When in Wales, English is the language of choice throughout all of the country, although it has its own language known as Welsh. Some of the signs will be written in Welsh as well as English. Residents in the north or west often speak in Welsh, but less in the east. The country’s average annual coastal temperatures get up to 10.5 degrees Celsius, or 51 degrees Fahrenheit, low-lying inland areas at 1 degree Celsius or 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit, often cooler as the altitude gets higher.
What to see & do
Wales can be explored via North Wales with Llandudno and Colwyn Bay, North East Wales, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast, The Isle of Anglesey. West Wales has Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire, and Swansea Bay. Mid Wales has Ceredigion/Cardigan Bay, Mid Wales and Brecon, and Beacons. South Wales has Cardiff, South Wales Valleys, Wye Valley and Vale of Usk, along with Glamorgan Heritage Coast. Llandudno and Colwyn Bay, Llandudno was called the Queen of the Welsh Resorts, with spots including The Great Orme, West Shore Beach, Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno Ski Slope, Conwy Castle, Llandudno Museum, Welsh Mountain Zoo; Mid Wales has Gigrin Red Kite Feeding Centre, MOMA Wales, Hay Festival, National Showcaves Centre for Wales, Elan Valley trail; Glamorgan features Ogmore Castle, Porthkerry Country Park, Glamorgan Heritage Coast, Cosmeston Lakes, among others.
How to get around
Most of the travelling done in Wales can be done from east to west, instead of north to south. Bus and coach services that operate within Wales include the First Cymru Shuttle coach service which is often times faster than most of the trains for the travels between Swansea and Cardiff, although during peak times, unlike the train, the coach service can be stuck in traffic. Another service is the Traw Cambria services, which connect North, Mid and South Wales. Others that operate include Arriva, First Cymru, Trawscambria, Stagecoach, Cardiff Bus, and Veolia Transport Cymru. These services operate a large amount of buses in North Wales; operates services in South West Wales; operates long-distance bus network that connects North, Mid, and South Wales; operates services in South Wales; operates services in Cardiff; and operates services in Cardiff and South Wales, respectively.
How to get there
As the only large and international airport that serves Wales, Cardiff Airport is an international airport owned by the Welsh Government. The airport serves Cardiff, South Wales, Mid Wales, and West Wales. Airlines that operate to and from the airport include Aer Lingus Regional operated by Stobart AIr, Air Europa, Air Malta, BH Air, CityJet operated by Stobart AIr, Eastern Ariways, Flybe, KLM operated by KLM Cityhopper, Links Air, Ryanair, SunExpress, Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Airways, and Vueling, into and out of destinations that include, but not limited to, Dublin, Edinburgh, Paris, Aberdeen, Newcastle upon Tyne, Belfast, Amsterdam, Anglesey, Norwich, Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Alicante, and Málaga, with season flights to Palma de Mallorca, Malta, Geneva, Dalaman, Orlando, Reus, and Barcelona, to name a few.