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Lake Vyrnwy

The scenic environs of Lake Vyrnwy in
Powys, Wales

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When in love, go to Wales

January 1, 1970

Wales, situated to the west of England, has a varied and dramatic landscape though at just over 20,720 square km, it's about half the size of Kerala. Wales is both beautiful and accessible, being only a couple of hours' drive from London or cities such as Birmingham and Manchester. Of the three million Welsh people, 300,000 people live in the capital city Cardiff. Cardiff Castle stands at the heart of downtown and the Edwardian shopping arcades (Britain's first malls) house charming one-of-a-kind shops. Wales is home to 641 castles, more than any other country in Europe. Visitors are encouraged to climb towers, walk ancient walls and explore dungeons. The Snowdonia, Pembrokeshire Coast and Brecon Beacons national parks offer unique landscapes and a world of outdoor adventure. Ahead of Valentine's Day this year, Wales is inviting guests to partake of its charming landscapes and romantic getaways. Dine at royal banquets and stay in hotels formerly owned by kings and queens.