Wales is a country within the United Kingdom, but is vastly different from England, with its own language and culture.
The Welsh language is infamously complicated, as is the landscape. In the north, Snowdonia National Park is home to Mount Snowden as well as many lakes and peaks.
Wales is also sometimes called the “castle capital of the world” with over 600 castles and castle ruins throughout the countryside.
QUICK WALES FACTS
Currency: The Sterling Pound can be withdrawn from ATMs throughout Wales, however keep in mind that smaller cities or towns may not have access to ATMs and its recommended to withdraw cash and take it with you.
Power Points: Most power points uses a standard three pronged UK plug. I would recommend you take a Travel Adapter.
Official Language: The official language of Wales is English and Welsh.
Health: There are no major health concerns in Wales for travellers. I would recommend that you contact your doctor a few weeks before you travel as in some cases you need to start any medication a few days before your trip or you may need to get a vaccination.
Drinking Tap Water: The tap water is generally safe to drink, however, if you are unsure, make sure to ask your hotel receptionist or host.
Visa: Most countries don’t require a visa for short stays, to visit Wales.
Popular foods: – Welsh rarebit (fancy cheese on toast). – Glamorgan sausage (Welsh vegetarian sausage for which the main ingredients are cheese, leeks and breadcrumbs). – Laverbread (edible seaweed consumed mainly in Wales). – Crempogs (Welsh pancake made with flour, buttermilk, eggs, vinegar and salted butter).
When to go: Wales is best visited between April and late August when temperatures are more comfortable and rainfall is at a minimum. Summer is the best time to travel to Wales if you want to take advantage of the country’s numerous beaches or go hiking in the highlands or along the coast.
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