Wales is a country that has fought to preserve a distinctly Celtic cultural identity. Also known as the "Land of Song", its historical tapestry is closely interwoven with that of English medieval royalty.
The Welsh terrain is a blend of rolling hills, sprawling moorlands, babbling rivers, beaches and dramatic seaside cliffs. Modern civilization graces the rugged wilderness in the form of quaint towns like Tenby. There are many ways to explore.
Start your trip in the lap of nature, at Wales' Snowdonia National Park (840 sq.miles). It has some of the highest jagged peaks in all of UK, spread over 9 foggy mountain ranges.
Ascend Mt. Snowdon (3,560 ft) in style. Book yourself a seat on the most scenic ride of your life, the Snowdon Mountain Railway.
The harsh Welsh terrain calls out to every adventurer, see if you can conquer it by going on a hike through its wilderness. There are around 150 hikes (including 8 long distance ones) in Wales.
The grassy moors of Wales are too inviting for bikers to resist. From nature trails that cut through the wild, leisurely rides between towns, to fast-paced downhill tracks, the Welsh terrain has it all.
In your travels through Snowdonia, you'll come across this peculiar sight on the windy summit of Glyder Fach: Castell y Gwynt or the Castle of the Winds. It's a jumbled mass of pinnacles and boulders.
Thrill-seekers flock to the fastest zip line in the world (also the longest one in Europe) at Zip World Velocity. Prepare yourself for speeds of up to 100mph, as you fly over the Penrhyn Quarry near Bethesda!
No room for the iconic Devil's Bridge Falls in your itinerary? Check out Aber Falls (120 ft) instead. On the way to this underrated gem of a pristinewaterfall, keep an eye out for excavated Bronze Age houses and cairns.
Commissioned by Edward I and designed by architect Master James of St George, the sprawling Caernarfon Castle is widely accepted as one of the greatest buildings of the Middle Ages.
If you have time enough for just 1 Welsh castle, it should be Conwy Castle. Stroll around its fortifications, and you'll find it hard to accept the fact that it took them only 4 years to build it, more than 700 years ago.
And while you're in Conwy, don't miss out on a leisurely walk through the heavenly Bodnant Gardens. Different landscaping styles have been blended to achieve a peaceful setting, complete with a waterfall and the longest Laburnum arch in all of UK.
There are more than 600 medieval castles to see in Wales alone! And Castell Coch is a hidden gem near village Tongwynlais that often gets overlooked. It looks like it's straight out of a fairytale!
Next, pay a visit to Skomer Island for an unforgettable look at seals, dolphins and wild puffins. Every summer, these peculiar birds congregate on this Welsh island by the thousands, so you're sure to catch a glimpse or two.
Whatever you do, don't leave Wales without sinking your teeth into this traditional Welsh delicacy: the mouth-watering Welsh cakes. Be sure to try one in every Welsh town you visit.
Housed in a huge Victorian structure, the historic Cardiff Market offers stalls filled with just about everything you'll need: Welsh cuisine, street food, fresh veggies, artisan coffee and vintage clothing.
Looking for some cricketing action to spice up your trip? Swing by SophiaGardensStadium at Cardiff, to catch a local county cricket match or even the occasional international Test match!
Every year, bookworms from around the globe flock to Hay (aka The Town of Books) for the Hay Festival of Literature & Arts. Reinvigorate your love of reading in the presence of renowned storytellers and your favorite authors.
There are quite a few Welsh contenders in any "Best Beaches in UK" list. So check out the golden sandy beaches of Rhossili Bay, Barafundle or Tenby, for a good time!
On Welsh beaches like Aberdaron, Cefn Sidan and Tresaith, outdoor grilling is encouraged! So drive down to the coast for a barbecue dinner party by the beach!
As you can see, the Tŵr Mawr (meaning "great tower") Lighthouse at LlanddwynIsland is every photographer's dream. It has been keeping ships safe since 1873.
It's easy to look cool while kitesurfing! The strong Welsh winds at several of the beaches in Abersoch and Pembrokeshire ensure a good time out on the waves.