Wales, like England, is a country that belongs to the United Kingdom. It has its own language, Welsh, which is completely different from the main language of English. Compare: Wales - Cymru. The coastline is rugged and rough, but also has beautiful sandy beaches, for example on the Gower peninsula in the southwest. The area Snowdonia is impressive with its rugged peaks and blue mountain lakes. A challenge for mountaineers, not least because of the climate: very hot or cutting cold and the wettest place in the UK. Castles regularly emerge in the beautiful landscape of Wales, parts of which go back to the Celts, the Romans or the Normans. The majority, however, was built or rebuilt by the English King Edward I who wanted to establish his dominion in Wales in the 13th century. Built mainly along the coast, they form an iron ring that was used to keep the population of Wales under control. Nevertheless, Wales currently has its own parliament building, where certain ordinances for Wales may be issued. The Senedd, as it is called, can be found in Cardiff, a university city and also the capital of Wales. Like many other coastal paths in England, Pembrokeshire Coast Path is also a must for walkers because of its many bays, high cliffs, lighthouses, fishing villages, but also seals, bottlenose dolphins and many bird species.

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October 2, 2020