Attached to but very different from England, Wales conserves the oldest Celtic traditions of Britain in its language, its literature and its songs.
It's a mountainous country skirted on three sides by a rugged coast. There are many castles, especially along the border with England, where they bear witness to a turbulent past. Four of them (Conwy, Beaumaris, Caernarfon and Harlech) are UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Wales is small but varied, with a distinct difference between the south, where some of the earliest scenes of the Industrial Revolution were played out, and the more conservative, rural north. Everywhere, though, Wales is famed for the friendliness of its music-minded people.
Wales is conveniently compact—no point is more than a few hours' drive from another, although the winding roads can make journeys longer. But this doesn't mean that it should be seen in a rush. Take time to enjoy its wild and beautiful scenery, historic villages and craggy seascapes. It's a delightful place for country rambles and good conversations in cozy pubs (over a pint, of course).
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