As one of the most picturesque parts of the UK, Wales boasts hundreds of tourists per year. Located on the British Isles, this small country is one of the best places to go for a little bit of quiet time coupled with exciting activities.
The sand beaches and breathtaking sights are just the start of what Wales has to offer. It has no less than six UNESCO World Heritage Sites blended with delicate villages and a wide range of affordable and luxurious accommodations.
With hearty cuisine and admirable culture, Wales is a great place to explore. It is the land of song, and here is what you can expect from this UK-based holiday.
The language and Singing
Welsh is spoken all through the country by more than a fifth of the entire population. It is primarily spoken in rural areas, and you are sure to catch it on TV and radio. This language is one of the most charming yet complicated in the world.
It will be fun trying to learn a few welsh terms while hearing the locals effortlessly converse in this enchanting language. One word you should look out for is the name of a little town known as Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch located on the northern part of Wales. It is the second-longest place name in the world. Be careful not to bite your tongue off, trying to pronounce this word.
Wales has been nicknamed ‘the land of song,’ easily represented by the language’s sing-song sound. There is also a strong tradition of singing in the country, so be sure to check out the many choirs, operas and singing festivals.
The Delectable Cuisine
Food and drink make up essential parts of any vacation. They can either enhance our experience or make it bland and boring. When in Wales, you can be sure that your experience will immediately improve once you get a taste of some award-winning cheeses. Prepare to taste creamy cheddars, goat cheeses, and unique varieties such as Perl Las and Caerphilly.
If you are not a fan of cheese, you need not worry as the country has many other delicacies, including Glamorgan sausages made of cheese and leeks. You can also eat some laverbread that is made from seaweed and delicious Welsh cakes.
Wales is also home to craft beers, and ales served in the many cozy pubs in the country. You can also find great wines freshly produced for the fertile soil of the countryside.
The Myths and Legends
Welsh culture is founded on myths and legends. Many of the legends and tales were the basis for characters such as Merlin and King Arthur. Being the home of dragon tales, the stories of Wales inspired stories such as J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, where Elvish was based on Welsh. Be sure to listen to tales such as those of The Mabinogion to get your own inspiration or simply remain entertained. If you are a writer looking for a little inspiration, be sure to explore this cultural part of Wales.