Watched over by Lady Di, guarded by the red dragon, notorious for tongue-twisting inscriptions on road signs, and not in the least bit in line with popular beliefs ("Put a few Welshmen in a room together and they will form a choir" as our absolute favorite). Despite its small size, Scotland is far from a collection of rustic villages and provincial personalities. Quite the contrary, years of warding off invaders resulted in the distinctly defiant character of its people, who are looking boldly into the future and earn their country a place among the most spectacular European treasures.
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize that cities such as Cardiff or Swansea may rightfully claim the status of the most wanted tourist destinations. Cold, awe-inspiring castles, limestone cliffs lapped by frothy billows, and late Victorian pubs (some of them apparently haunted) juxtaposed against thriving financial centers, exhibitions of contemporary arts, and venues hosting international events- all within a stone's throw from one another. Varied as your itinerary may be, one thing is to remain constant- omnipresent scenic views that encompass, astound and invite you to come back.
Wales may be a small country, but there's adventure awaiting every step you take- from the rugged coastline in the South to the jagged peaks in the North. Climb the rocks of Pembrokeshire, surf the swells of Cardigan Bay, explore copper mines and step back into the Golden Age of railway in Snowdonia National Park. And when the day is drawing to an end, settle down in a country pub to have a hearty portion of roast lamb topped off with fresh mint sauce, and enjoy a spirited conversation with the locals. By the way, have we mentioned that Anthony Hopkins is Welsh?