Following on from the Year of Adventure in 2016 and the Year of Legends in 2017, Visit Wales has launched this yr’s country-wide marketing campaign by naming 2018 the Year of the Sea.
While Wales is well-known for its huge countryside, mountain ranges and cultural heritage, its watery facet is usually neglected. For the Welsh vacationer board, this yr will likely be all about drawing a give attention to the a whole bunch of distinctive coastal areas, lakes and rivers of the nation, in addition to the produce of those areas and the wildlife that calls them home.
The numbers are fairly spectacular for a small nation. There are over 230 seashores, with extra Blue Flag seashores (the very best suggestion for seashores throughout Europe) per mile than wherever else within the UK, 50 islands, the UK’s solely coastal National Park (Pembrokeshire) and three coastal Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (Gower Peninsula, Llŷn Peninsula close to Snowdonia and Anglesey).
For guests, among the best locations to begin is the Welsh Coast Path, the world’s first continuous coast path round a whole nation. Its 870 miles contains seaside cities, metropolis waterfronts, tall cliffs, Victorian piers, harbour cities, well-known castles, an island and extra. All alongside it are coastal communities happy with the native produce, reminiscent of mussels, scallops, lobsters, crabs, fish, laverbread (not bread in any respect however a seaweed-based speciality), sea salt and even seaweed rum.
The Year of the Sea may also see extra developments in Wales’ sustainability efforts and the preservation of its marine environments. As a home to dolphins, porpoises, seals, puffins, whales, basking sharks, turtles, otters and plenty of extra water-loving species, there may be loads of wildlife to have fun and see – be it on foot, by boat or by automotive.
By Amy Pay