WALES This tiny principality is a delight, for its distinctive language and culture, rugged mountains and tranquil valleys and wooded national parks. Along 750 miles of coastlines modern resorts nudge ancient fishing villages that change little from one century to the next. Devote an entire week to its castles and you'll not see them all; while the capital city of Cardiff welcomes visitors to a new age of prosperity reminiscent of its heyday when coal was king.

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Cardiff, a year-round destination

Dylan Thomas well remembered

St Fagans Folk Museum shows how it used to be

Wild, woolly Snowdonia is a place for the unhurried

Caernarfon Castle endures as a royal symbol

Bodysgallen proves a tranquil getaway

Relaxing in style at Penally Abbey

Portmeirion: Italy in the heart of Wales

At home in St David's former Marine Life Centre

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The bleak world of slate at Llechwedd

Tenby, a Tudor toehold in Wales

Our own Welsh manor house

In the footsteps of Henry Tudor