Primarily represented by the symbol of the red Welsh Dragon, leek and daffodil, Wales offers a stunning landscape of mountains and rolling hills in which to live and work.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that all Wales has to offer is open spaces and closed mines. Wales has thriving financial and professional services sectors and is proud of its emerging creative industries. Importantly, Wales is also at the forefront of the ICT, life sciences and energy and environment sectors and is committed to providing a healthy, sustainable environment where businesses can thrive and people can live.
The great outdoors
Although only a small nation, Wales is perfectly formed and provides mountains, hills, rivers and the sea for a mixture of outdoor activities. Whether you are a novice or an expert in making the most of the great outdoors, Wales provides it all. With the Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia National Parks and 75 miles of coastline as your playground, the landscape is perfect for mountain biking, white-water rafting and horse riding.
For those who need a stronger adrenaline rush, Snowdonia offers the longest zip wire in the northern hemisphere, while the unique underground experiences of ‘Bounce Below’ and ‘Go Below’ in the Llechwedd Slate Caverns provide a series of trampolines, slides, boats and waterfall crossings in the deepest point of the UK.
For a more gentle approach to the outdoors Wales offers star-gazing in the International Dark Sky Reserves of the Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia and the dark sky zone of the Elan Valley.
Golf is also available as it should be, on the greenest of greens at an unhurried pace, while the coastline, pristine rivers and wild lakes provide some of the best fishing in Britain.
If you’d prefer to watch sport, you’re in the right place. Wales is represented at major sporting events around the world, including the FIFA World Cup, the Commonwealth Games and Rugby World Cup. Rugby Union is seen as the national sport; the Welsh national rugby union team takes part in the annual Six Nations Championship and has also competed in every Rugby World Cup. Most recently Wales made its debut at the 2016 European Championship finals.
Wales has also produced many world-class participants of individual sports including; snooker player Ray Reardon, 11-time Paralympics gold medal winner Tanni Grey-Thompson, boxer Joe Calzaghe and athletes Jim Alford and Colin Jackson.
If all this activity is not for you, there are also plenty of cultural locations to visit; the National Museum in Cardiff is home to the largest collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings outside Paris. One of the largest visual art prizes, the Artes Mundi Prize, which celebrates and recognises artists across the globe, is held at the museum bi-annually.
Wales is also home to more castles per square mile than any other country in the world. The most popular include Cardiff, Penrhyn, Caerphilly, and Caernarfon Castle, but there are over 600 ancient castles across the country. All are steeped in history; with Celts, Romans, Saxons and Vikings all featuring in Welsh history.
As well as castles, Wales is notable for its music and literature. The principal Welsh festival of music and poetry is the annual National Eisteddfod, while The Llangollen International Eisteddfod provides an opportunity for singers and musicians from around the world to perform. The world-famous poet Dylan Thomas was born in Swansea and children’s favourites Roald Dahl also resided in Wales.
Wales has produced a range of successful singing artists across the decades, most notably Sir Tom Jones and Dame Shirley Bassey in the 60s. The rich sound of a Welsh male voice choirs is like no choir in the world. Traditional music and dance in Wales is also supported across the country.
Food and drink
When you are ready to socialise with friends and family, Wales prides itself on producing some of the finest food and drink in the world. The mountainous landscape of Wales is perfectly suited for sheep farming, which has led to Welsh lamb being enjoyed across the UK. Traditional baked goods such as Welsh cakes and Bara brith are enjoyed across the region. Laverbread which sounds like it should be bread, is actually seaweed and is traditionally fried into crisp patties and served as part of a Welsh breakfast of eggs, bacon and cockles.
The national drink of Wales is beer and the Wrexham Lager Beer Company has the accolade of being the first brewery in Britain to produce lager in 1882. Another first goes to the Penderyn distillery, which sold the first Welsh whisky in over a century in 2004. Perhaps surprisingly, Wales also has 20 vineyards which produce up to 100,000 bottles of wine a year.
The home buying process is the same in Wales as it is in England, but when buying a home in Wales, you have the choice of some of the most competitively priced houses in the United Kingdom.
Often referred to as the land of song, Wales, with its vibrant culture, language and stunning landscape make it an outstanding place to live and work.