Anyone who lives in Wales or who has ever visited the country knows that it’s a bit special. It’s different to the rest of the UK, that’s for sure. But why? We find out what sets Wales apart, and who better to explain what it is about Wales than whales?
The locals are genuinely friendly…
Hands down the best thing about Wales is the people. If you're not lucky enough to have Welsh people in your life, take it from me: What you’ve seen on Gavin & Stacey is pretty bang-on. Forget the airs and graces - the Welsh tend to be down to earth, proper nice people.
And they’ll show you a whale of a time.
We’ve all seen the Channel 4 documentaries, so I'm not going to lie to you: the Welsh REALLY know how to have a good time. As demonstrated by this whale partying with a mariachi band, strange things can happen when you're out for a good time in Wales. Whether you’re hitting Clwb Ifor Bach (the Welsh Club) in Cardiff for a #GNO or getting acquainted with the locals in a rural pub, you’re bound to have a cracking time.
The food. Oh, the food.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking Wales is all about leeks. I mean, you won’t get a better leek and potato soup anywhere in the world than in Wales, but it has so much more to offer to foodies. To get really stuck into the local cuisine, make sure you seek out a local fresh produce market and tuck into cockles, laver bread, faggots and mushy peas, Welsh cakes and cawl. And don't forget to Caerphilly select some of the amazing local cheeses...
Or if you find yourself in Cardiff, take your pick from the following highlights:
- Depot - The Street Food Social on a Saturday can’t be missed. Amazing food, drink and music in a fantastic atmosphere. There’s no better place to spend an evening.
- The Clink - This award-winning eatery is staffed by prisoners at HMP Cardiff who are working towards their NVQs in order to work in the hospitality industry upon their release. The focus is on fresh and organic local food.
- Caban@number40 - Eating out can be a pain if you’re vegetarian - let alone vegan - but those of a meat-free persuasion are well catered for by this Clifton Street eatery. Good value for money, too.
- Ramon’s - (In)famous as the home of the biggest breakfast in the UK, this is the place to go if you want to have a crack at consuming the 8000-calorie fry-up.
- Potted Pig - What’s not to love about a place that says it loves “cooking, eating and gin”? Jay Rayner called it “a gift to the city”, and we have to admit there’s a certain charm to a place that can serve a whole suckling pig along with a choice of over 30 types of fine gin.
Its natural beauty will knock you off your feet
From Snowdon to the Gower Peninsula, via Anglesey’s beautiful coast, just go ahead and declare the whole of Wales an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Wales is breathtaking.