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Welcome to Wales - Croeso i Gymru

Welcome to Welsh Cottage Rental part of the jmlvillas.com Holiday Homes Website group successfully marketing holiday vacation property since 2001 on behalf of owners.

Wales is home to exhilarating mountain peaks, tranquil valleys and cultured cities, the best way to tour the Welsh landscape is to rent a holiday cottage.  There is plenty to see in Wales, such as the golden beaches and rugged sea cliffs or the Snowdonian mountains.  Why not visit ancient standing stones, ruined Norman castles or tiny harbours, dotted round the coastline.

There are a great selection of holiday rentals on this site, together with information on car hire - holiday home insurance - car hire excess insurance and travel insurance companies to help you with your stay in Wales.

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WALES: Is the smallest of the three countries in Britain. It occupies a broad peninsula on the west side of Britain. The country also includes the island of Anglesey (with fast catamaran car ferry connections to Ireland). The country is almost entirely mountainous with two main ranges, the Cambrian that extend north to south through the centre and Snowdon in the north, the climate is very similar to that of England. It has always maintained its historical independence and individuality and has it's own parliament - the Welsh Asembly (although most major laws are still passed at Westminster, London).

Left: Sowdon Region- Right: Portmerion


The official languages are English and Welsh and you will see that most signposting on the roads and street signs are in two languages.

The shape and nature of the land have a huge influence on population.
About half the population live in the south in an around the Cardiff, Newport and Swansea area.Travel into the hills and mountains and the population soon becomes thinly scattered across large areas dotted with the occasional small town/village.

Wales is a mixture of weather patterns. It has been said Wales is green because of the rain. Not so true as many parts of the country have average or below-average rainfall - it even boasts some of the sunniest spots in Britain

Left: Caernarvon North Wales

The Counties of Wales

There are 13 counties in Wales:

Anglesey — Sir Fôn, Brecknockshire — ( Breconshire ) Sir Frycheiniog, Caernarfonshire — (Carnarvonshire) Sir Gaernarfon, Cardiganshire — Ceredigion or Sir Aberteifi, Carmarthenshire — Sir Gaerfyrddin, Denbighshire — Sir Ddinbych, Flintshire — Sir y Fflint Glamorgan — Morgannwg, Merioneth — Meirionnydd, Monmouthshire — Sir Fynwy, Montgomeryshire — Sir Drefaldwyn, Pembrokeshire — Sir Benfro Radnorshire — Sir Faesyfed re.

(Powys covers the former administrative counties of Montgomeryshire and Radnorshire, most of Brecknockshire, and a small part of Denbighshire)

Cardiff the capital City of Wales

It celebrated its centenary in 2005 It is a vibrant city that has undergone a major transformation of the last few year with the docklands development being transformed into a stunning waterfront with a wealth of attractions, leisure facilities and its own Visitor Centre 'The Tube' to keep you informed. There is also the Millennium sports stadium that has been home to English football final whilst Wembley stadium has been rebuilt.

It has a  thriving cultural scene, accommodation to suit all budgets, a diverse mix of entertainment, restaurants and bars and some of the best shopping in the UK. It also has the advantage of being very close to the sea.

Cardiff’s arts facilities are exceptional, with the National Museum and Gallery housing the second largest Impressionist collection after Paris. Cardiff's Bay has been transformed into a stunning waterfront with a wealth of attractions, leisure facilities and its own Visitor Centre 'The Tube' to keep you informed. South Wales is strewn with castles and Cardiff has its fair share; most notable the stunningly elaborate Cardiff Castle located in the centre of the city. On the northern edge of Cardiff, set in the wooded hillside, is the fairytale Castell Coch (Red Castle) located.

Left: Llangollen-Left: Cemaes Bay, Anglesey

Other major towns and cities are:
Newport - a busy industrial town that is close to Cardiff and benefits from all of the capital's facilities and infrastructure.

Swansea is the country's sesond largest city and like Cardiff the dockland area has been extensively redeveloped as a leisure centre and marina.

Holyhead (see below) has excellent road connections with the new A55 from the north coast of Wales and Chester border area connecting it to the port (Fast ferry services to Ireland)

Left and right Colwyn Bay - North Wales

Colwyn Bay: Has a long promenade (pictured above) and goes from Old Colwyn to Penrhyn Bay and has some beautiful beaches. It is close to the Weslsh Mountain Zoo and Snowdonia is in sight.It is on the A55 Expressway and the construction of this major link road has not spoilt the area.

North Wales - The Island of Anglesey - Ynys Môn

Anglesey is joined to the mainland by bridges crossing the Menai Straits - road and rail. (Britannia road bridge and Telford rail bridge) People drive through the centre Anglesey without really taking too much notice of it as it is the connecting point via the excellent modern dual carriageway A55 from the mainland to the car ferry terminal at Holyhead - Caergybi.

If you are taking the car ferry service to Ireland (Stenna or Irish Ferries) it is\well worth allowing additional time to look at the local heritage. Better still if you are taking a holiday in North Wales spend some time looking around.

What to see:

Holyhead Maritime Museum - Amgueddfa Forwrol Caergybi

Swtan - The last remaining thatched croft house cottage on Anglesey

Llynnon - An iron age village with two prehistoric roundhouses and a windmill

Copper Kingdom - Y Deyrnas Gopr - at Amlwch Seawatch Centre - Canolfan Gwylfan Moelfre - and lifeboat station

Tacla Taid Anglesey,s Transport Museum - Amgueddfa Drafnidiaeth Ynys Môn - Great collection of old vehicles, a 1940's cobbled street with two houses, a shop and traditional garage.

Beaumaris Gaol and Courtroom - Llys a Charchar Biwmares - Victorian jail

Lligwy a Din Lligwy - Burial chamber and fortified village dating back to the latter part of the Roman occupation.

Aberlleiniog Castle - Castell Aberlleiniog - Norman Castle

Penmon Priory - Priordy Penmon - Monastery

Point Lynas Lighthouse - Goleudy Trwyn Du - Built in 1835 by the Trustees of Liverpool docks.

Also: Ruthin, Porthmadog, Llangollen, Llandudno, Llanberis, Caerphilly, Caernarfon, Betws Y Coed, Aberystwyth

General Information

Voltage: The standard electrical voltage in Wales/ Britain is 240 v AC, 50HZ. A three square pronged adapter plug and/or electric converter for appliances is required.(As used in Ireland, Cyprus, Malta, Singapore and Malaysia)

Country Telephone Code:  +44

Emergency Telephone number: pan-EU Emergency 112 Can be used in all EU Countries and it can be dialled from a locked mobile or a mobile with no sim card. Also 999 Ambulance - Coast guard - Fire Police

Currency: Pound Sterling [United Kingdom Pound] (£)

Population 2006: 2,952,500 Land Area: 20,779 Km2

Driving: Drive on the LEFT

General Driving Tips (information supplied by Holiday Autos)

Speed limits: Built-up areas: 30 mph single carriage ways: 60 mph dual carriage ways: 70 mph motorways: 70 mph.

Drink and driving: Blood alcohol limit is 80 mg.

Drive on the left and only overtake vehicles on the right.

At roundabouts, traffic coming from the right has priority.

Make sure you understand about double and single yellow line. parking.

It is illegal to use a hand-held mobile when driving.

As long as you hold a full licence in your own country and have done so for at least a year, you can drive on British roads.

Motorways are shown by 'M' plus a number on signs. There are no toll charges to pay on British motorways except the M4 Severn Bridge into Wales, the Humber Bridge near Hull, the M25 Dartford Tunnel and part of the M6 (north of Birmingham) England (a very good route if you are going to North Wales via A5 or M6 - M56 A55).

Try and avoid the M25 'London Orbital ' and the M5/M6 in Birmingham, England during rush hour times (0800-0930 and 1630-1800) as these can be extremely busy


sut mae, croeso i Gymru hello, welcome to Wales That's right, not Dutch. Not Latin. It's Welsh. Welcome to Wales and visit the Welsh Tourist website HERE. Have fun exploring it, find out more about our country and when you are ready to visit for real there's lots of help for planning and booking your trip too.



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