The charms of Wales are many. The Cambrian mountain range covers most of the country, offering lovely vistas and wonderful hiking. The coastal region holds many surprises for the tourist; beautiful undisturbed inlets and charming little villages greet you. Castles, keeps and fortresses are abundant in this small country. That is because conquest and defense has shaped the history and landscape of Wales. The economy is now as always based on cattle and sheep farming, although coal mining has always played its part. The coal industry has been in decline for decades and it is hoped that tourism will replace the income generated from the mines.
The mild weather of Wales is due to the Gulf Stream that brings the warm, but moist winds. It rains in Wales more than in the rest of Britain, but don’t let that deter you from visiting the unspoiled beauty of this mysterious and ancient land.