Wales is a region in the United Kingdom where tourism is constantly growing. Wales has both historical and artistic attractions, such as castles, churches, abbeys, and pristine natural environments preserved and protected by three national parks.
The national parks of Wales extend over about 20% of the country’s territory, they are located along the spectacular coast of Pembrokeshire (Pembrokeshire Coast National Park) in the westernmost peninsula of the country, in the wild mountains of Snowdonia (Snowdonia National Park) in the Northwest Wales, and in the Brecon Beacons Mountains (Brecon Beacons National Park) in South Wales.
The most important center of Wales, the capital Cardiff is also the main tourist attraction in the country. In its historic center there is an important medieval castle. The city also has important museums such as the National History Museum of St Fagans on the western outskirts of the city. This open-air museum is dedicated to the architecture of Wales and the customs and traditions of the population.
NATURAL BEAUTIES AND HISTORICAL ATTRACTIONS
Along the north coast of Wales lies the beautiful town of Conwy with a beautiful castle and 13th century walled city. Another interesting small town is St Davids in Pembrokeshire with a medieval cathedral and the ruins of the 14th century bishop’s palace. In central Wales lies the small village of Hay-on-Wye known for being the village of books, where there are dozens of old and used book shops.
Among the many castles in Wales one of the attractions is Caernarfon Castle in the county of Gwynedd in north-west Wales. The impressive Caerphilly Castle in the south of the country, just north of Cardiff, is also worth a visit. Also interesting is Pembroke Castle in south-west Wales. The ruins of the suggestive medieval abbey of Tintern Abbey in the Wye Valley, an area with a suggestive natural environment and appreciated also by travelers of the XVIII century.
Along the coast of Wales there are also some popular seaside resorts during the summer. On the south coast west of Cardiff are the towns of Swansea, Barry and Tenby. While the seaside resort of Penarth is located east of Cardiff. The seaside resorts of Aberystwyth and Barmouth are located along the west coast of Ireland. Finally in North Wales are the seaside resorts of Rhyl, Prestatyn and Llandudno. Along the south coast, west of Swansee is the Gower Peninsula with sandy beaches, beautiful coastal landscapes and ruined castles.