Wales is a small country with a great deal to offer travellers who crave magnificent natural spaces and unforgettable cultural experiences. With dramatic mountains, spectacular seashores, tumbling rivers, fresh green valleys, and Europe's largest concentration of medieval fortresses, Wales is a real gem that shouldn't be overlooked.

Its name springs from the Anglo-Saxon term , meaning 'foreigner', and it's hardly surprising that the Welsh have a unique culture, language, and heritage that distinguishes them from the English, Scots, and Irish. However, as part of the United Kingdom, Wales is still subject to its laws and regulations. Best known for its unpronounceable place names, roaring men's choirs, and fierce rugby teams, this is still a friendly and hospitable country.

Though its largest city, Cardiff, has mere 350,000 residents or there abouts, cities in Wales have interesting urban atmospheres that retain a certain historical quaintness while providing all the modern amenities one could ask for.

Cardiff, especially, has in recent years emerged as one of the hippest cities in the UK. Resort towns such as Llandudno, Swansea, and Tenby provide elegant seaside escapes, and medieval fortifications such as Caernarfon and Conwy offer glimpses into Wales' thousand-year-old history.

Wales is a land of nature and legend with stunning, unspoilt natural scenery that's protected by a series of large National Parks. Headline attractions include majestic parks such as Brecon Beacons and Mount Snowdon, and scenic seaside communities tucked into craggy shorelines. For wilderness enthusiasts and lovers of the great outdoors, Wales is the ideal UK holiday destination.