If you’re visiting Wales today, then you are sure to be greeted with an exciting air of celebration, brightly coloured outfits, plenty of entertainment and an abundance of daffodils and leeks, all in honour of St David, the patron saint of Wales.
To mark this occassion, here’s 10 interesting facts about Wales that you may like to know – especially if you’re planning to go there on your next break!
You can see our full list of coach holidays to Wales here.
1. Only 21% of the entire Welsh population of Wales can speak the native language.
2. With a total of 600 castles, Wales has more castles per square mile than any other country in the world.
3. Wales is home to the longest place name in Europe: Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, a town on Anglesey, translating as “The church of St. Mary in the hollow of white hazel trees near the rapid whirlpool by St. Tysilio’s of the red cave”
4. The daffodil and leek are are famous emblems of Wales
5. The letters K, Q, V and Z do not appear in the Welsh alphabet at all.
6. The population sheep in Wales is four times greater than the Welsh population of humans.
7. Wales has a population of around 3 million.
8. The oldest tree in Wales, Llangernyw Yew, is between 4,000 and 5,000 years old
9. The Welsh Anthem is “Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau” which means “Land Of My Fathers”
10. Mount Snowdon is the highest peak in Wales at 1085 m