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Wales (or Cymru, in the magical Welsh language) has long been famed for it’s fierce national pride and rugged beauty. From a passion for the national sport of rugby to ample wide, open countryside perfect for hiking, adventure sports or climbing, Wales is a little country with a big, big heart.

Capital and formerly industrial city Cardiff has undergone a facelift in recent years, and is now home to a world-class stadium, swish city centre and even some artistic docklands, a far cry from the rough-edged city of former times. There’s still that fun-loving vibe so famed amongst the Welsh people, though, and a notable cultural split from the rest of the UK.

Head into the countryside and you’ll find that split still more marked: in the soaring mountains (including the spectacular Mount Snowdon) and rambling trails of the countryside you’ll find tiny, ivy-strewn hamlets with near-mystical vibes, and locals tucked away in 50s country clubs in the heart of the valleys.

Head north or west and you’ll find some of the UK’s most alluring coastlines, with rustic beaches and sedate seaside villages. Caernarfon and Conwy offer a historic tinge, with a tourist-luring castle and medieval edge respectively. Swansea, Newport and Bangor make up the nation’s other major cities. Swansea and Aberystwyth are both home to substantial, party-loving student populations & beautiful untouched beaches. Not to mention the Gower peninsula, Britains first area of outstanding beauty.

Welsh tradition associates the country with the dragon, and has stood proud against various invaders and established its own sense of tradition. This includes Europe’s largest annual folk festival, the Eisteddfod, which takes place in a different town every August and celebrates Wales’s unique literary and cultural heritage. If you don’t happen to be around in the autumn, though, it’s best to head for the countryside and indulge in the charming, atmospheric feel of a culture that still has its own language in its more remote corners, and evokes passion for the nation and its tumultuous history around every rural corner.

Cardiff #1 most popular location
One of the longest established cities in the U.K, Cardiff has been occupied for at least 2,000 years since the Romans first established a fort on the site of the current Cardiff Castle. For t…
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Llandudno #2 most popular location
Llandudno is a Victorian seaside resort on the coast of North Wales. Known as the "Queen of the Welsh Resorts" it is the largest seaside resort in Wales and has numerous tourist attractions …
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Swansea #3 most popular location
Swansea (pronounced: Swan-zee; Welsh: Abertawe) is a city on the South Wales coast. With a population approaching 250,000, it is the second largest city in Wales, and is located on the beauti…
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Tenby #4 most popular location
Tenby (Welsh language: Dinbych-y-Pysgod, "little town of the fishes or little fortress of the fish") is a walled seaside town in Pembrokeshire, south-west Wales, lying on Carmarthen Bay, and …
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Caernarfon #5 most popular location
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Aberystwyth #6 most popular location
Aberystwyth .English: Mouth of the River Ystwyth, is a historic market town, administrative centre and holiday resort within Ceredigion, Wales. It is often colloquially known as Aber, and is …
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Llangollen #7 most popular location
Overlooked by Castell Dinas Bran - Llangollen is a small touristy town in Denbighshire, North Wales. The river Dee runs through the middle of the town and there is a railway situated by the b…
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Betws-y-coed #8 most popular location
Betws-y-Coed is the principal village of the Snowdonia National Park. Covering more than 800 square miles, the park is a region of haunting beauty and grandeur, of wild rocky mountains, hidde…
Conwy #9 most popular location
Conwy is a small town in Wales, surrounded by an medieval city wall, and guarded by an enormous castle, which is mostly intact. Conwy’s castle is part of a Unesco World Heritage Site that i…
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Llanberis #10 most popular location
Llanberis is a former slate quarrying village in Gwynedd, North Wales, on the southern bank of the lake Llyn Padarn and at the foot of Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales and England. It i…
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Brecon #11 most popular location
Brecon is popular as a holiday destination, being on the northern edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, affording among the best views of the Brecon Beacons themselves, a range of hills, …
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Carmarthen #12 most popular location
Carmarthen has a number of surviving heritage attractions including the Roman amphitheatre and the castle. The Gwili Railway, a section of the former railway line to Aberystwyth, has also bee…
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Dolgellau #13 most popular location
Abergavenny #14 most popular location
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Haverfordwest #15 most popular location
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Wrexham #16 most popular location
Wrexham (Wrecsam in Welsh) is a town in North Wales that has been pushing for city status for over 5 years. It has a population of close to 70,000. Wrexham has a direct rail link to Londo…
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Bala #17 most popular location
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Barmouth #18 most popular location
Barmouth 'a town on the seaside' is a beautiful little area situated in Wales and attracts mainly tourists from Great Britain. It's collection of bedsits, hotels and caravan sites make it tra…
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Llandrindod Wells #19 most popular location
Llandrindod Wells is a spa town, which means it has some water coming out the ground somewhere. The Romans liked that sort of thing. Nowadays, it is a quintessential Welsh border town and ho…
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Chepstow #20 most popular location
Chepstow is a town on the border of Wales and England. It is situated in the Welsh county of Monmouthshire and sits on the river Wye. There are two main things that attract people to Chep…
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Pembroke #21 most popular location
Pembrokeshire is home to many beaches, it's most famous beach Tenby attracts many tourists. On Tenby's beach frount you can find many shops. There is a castle here to go to and many great…
5travelers 2reviews
Llanelli #22 most popular location
Llanelli is the largest town in the county of Carmarthenshire, in south-west Wales.It sits on the Loughor estuary on the West Wales coast, approximately 13 miles (21 km) west of the city of S…
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Usk #23 most popular location
Usk (Welsh language: Brynbuga) is a pretty town in Monmouthshire, southeast Wales, on the bank of the River Usk. It originated as a Roman fortress and, these days, contains a number of import…
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Machynlleth #24 most popular location
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Criccieth #25 most popular location
Criccieth, the 'Pearl of Wales on the shores of Snowdonia', is located on the southern coast of the Lleyn Peninsula on Cardigan Bay and has the best weather. The long arm of the Lleyn shelter…
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Mold #26 most popular location
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Holyhead #27 most popular location
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Snowdonia #28 most popular location
Snowdonia is one of the most picturesque places in North Wales. The national park is 838 square miles encompassing Snowdon at 3560ft the highest mountain in Wales. The area is well loved b…
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Porthmadog #29 most popular location
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Corwen #30 most popular location
Bangor #31 most popular location
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Beaumaris #32 most popular location
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Port Talbot #33 most popular location
The town of Port Talbot is built along the eastern rim of Swansea Bay in a narrow strip of coastal plane surrounding the River Afan estuary. Swansea is visible on the opposite side of Swansea…
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Caerphilly #34 most popular location
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Hay-on-Wye #35 most popular location
Situated within the Brecon Beacons National Park, close to the border with England, Hay-on-Wye has become renowned as the 'second hand bookshop capital' of the United Kingdom. The Hay Fest…
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Beddgelert #36 most popular location
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Aberaeron #37 most popular location
Aberaeron is located between Cardigan and Aberystwyth on the A487, at a junction with the A482 leading south-east to the university town of Lampeter. The shoreline consists of generally st…
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Llanrwst #38 most popular location
Castleton #39 most popular location
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Pontypridd #40 most popular location
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Kilgetty #41 most popular location
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Prestatyn #42 most popular location
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Llandeilo #43 most popular location
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Pwllheli #44 most popular location
Pwllheli (Welsh pronunciation: [pʊɬˈhɛlɪ]) is a community and the main market town of the Llŷn Peninsula in Gwynedd, north-western Wales. It has a population of 3,861,[1]of which a larg…
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Montgomery #45 most popular location
Montgomery is a town in Wales one mile west of the Shropshire border in England. At first glance and after speaking to many locals the town appears much more English than it does Welsh. You…
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Saint David's #46 most popular location
St David's is the smallest city in Britain, because it has a cathedral. It is the city of the patron saint of Wales - Saint David. It has numerous cafés, gift shops and boutique shops. It…
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Gorseinon #47 most popular location
Gorseinon is a town in south west Wales, near the Loughor estuary. It was a small village until the late 19th century when it grew around the coal mining and tinplate industries. It is situat…
Tintern #48 most popular location
Tintern is a small place on the banks of the river Wye. Apart from the ruins of teh famous Abbey, there are two or three pubs, a Best Western Hotel, adn several craft shops. The landscape…
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Talsarnau #49 most popular location
Caerleon #50 most popular location
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