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5 Ways to Get Wild About Wales

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Dave Odegard
Written by Dave Odegard

You might have missed it, but yesterday (March 1st) was Saint David’s Day.

We know, we didn’t know what it was when we first heard it either—but it’s actually the feast day for the Christian Saint David (Shocking, right?). 

Saint David (real name in Welsh: Dewi Sant) is the patron saint of Wales, the country on the Western side of Great Britain.
His feast day has been considered a Welsh national celebration for hundreds of years. So that got us thinking and reading up on all things Wales-related. And you know what? It’s kind of a cool place.

Don’t believe us? Here are five reasons to get psyched about a trip to Wales.

1.) The Hiking

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Gail Johnson / Shutterstock

Visiting Wales and NOT going on a hike while you’re there is pretty much like traveling all the way to New York City and not riding the subway. From exploring Snowdonia National Park in Gwynedd to a day trip to Devil’s Bridge, there are more than enough cool and unique hikes to try.

2.) The Railroads

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Darren Hedges / Shutterstock

There’s nothing that seems quite as romantic as traveling by train—think of all those great old movies that show how glamorous it used to be to get around by rail. Unfortunately, train travel in 2016 isn’t as enchanting as it used to be back in the day—unless you’re in Wales. There are more than 10 rail lines throughout the country that use steam trains. And some will even let guests help out, or teach you how to drive the train!

3.) The Coastline

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Steve Mann / Shutterstock

With over 1,500 miles of coastline, Wales has something for pretty much every kind of beach fan or lover. Plenty of travel guides highlight the Welsh coast as one of the best in the world, and with good reason. You can surf, swim, lounge, and enjoy many other adventures at these award-winning beaches. Some good bets are Rhossili, Barafundle, and Tenby.  

4.) The Castles

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stocker1970 / Shutterstock

Among the many (many) things that people have called Wales are the land of castles and the castle capital of the world, which means a lot when you realize that it’s part of the United Kingdom and Europe (regions kind of known for their castles). At one point, there were about 400 castles in Wales, of those about 100 remain standing in one state or another. Highlights include Caernarfon Castle, Beaumaris Castle, and Carew Castle.

5.) The People (and their dogs)

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Grisha Bruev / Shutterstock

Along with everything else on this list, Wales is probably most famous for its people and it’s Corgi dogs. The Welsh are known to be a fun-loving lot, who know how to have a good time (and can drink pretty hard). So it should come as no surprise that the people of Wales throw some pretty awesome get togethers, from the famous Six Nations international rugby championship to Wakestock (Europe’s largest wakeboarding festival—which also features live music every night). But if you really want to get to know Wales, then you should check out Eisteddfod (an annual festival of all things Welsh) and the Green Man festival (a non-corporate music and arts festival).

Are you a frequent traveler to Wales, or an evangelist of its awesomeness and want to add to our list? Leave it in the comments section below.

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Dave Odegard

Dave Odegard

Dave Odegard is an ex-army brat turned internet word person, whose work has been published on Maxim Online, USAToday, Buzzfeed, and more. He is currently the Senior Content Writer at Fareportal (CheapOair's parent company) and spends his free time exploring the wilds of Brooklyn, New Jersey, and Sweden.

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