Wales - a country of outstanding natural beauty, history, sport and culture
The great outdoors
Wales is a small and friendly country, it is only 60 miles wide and 170 miles from north to south but there is plenty to see and do. It has a stunning coastline with spectacular cliffs and over 100 beaches that are great for surfing, swimming and sailing.
The Wales Coast Path, which opened in 2012, is the world’s first uninterrupted national coast route and will take you past beaches, city waterfronts, woodlands and castles. Thrill seekers will find white-water rafting, mountain biking and coasteering amongst the many activities that are available.
Rugby is the national sport of Wales, although football, cricket, golf and athletics are popular too. The Welsh national rugby team are the current 6 Nations champions, retaining their title from 2012. Wales also has three Heineken cup teams; Scarlets, The Ospreys and Cardiff Blues. In October 2013 Cardiff’s Principality Stadium hosted the opening ceremony of the Rugby League World Cup.
At the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Welsh athletes brought home 22 medals in a wide range of sports including a Gold for Jade Jones in Taekwondo and three medals for Mark Colburne in the velodrome.
Football is also growing in popularity in Wales which now has a Premier League team. As well as Swansea City AFC, Cardiff and Vale College are also proud to support Cardiff City Football Club.
Music and Art
Throughout Wales there are galleries, museums, festivals and theatres for music and arts lovers. Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena and Principality Stadium play host to some of the world’s biggest artists and the Wakestock, Green Man and Brecon Jazz festivals attract musicians from all over the world.
The National Eisteddfod, is an annual festival of literature, music and performing arts that can be traced back to 1176. Wales is also famous for its Male Voice Choirs traditional folk music and the national instrument, the harp. More modern musicians include Funeral for a Friend, Marina and the Diamonds, Stereophonics, Katherine Jenkins and Bullet for my Valentine.