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Wales named one of the world’s most exciting places to visit in 2020

National Geographic has announced its 25 best travel destinations for 2020 and Wales made the cut alongside India, China and Argentina

Rhosilli Bay
Wales ranked above Egypt, India and America, meaning Rhossili Beach beat the likes of Grand Canyon National Park.

National Geographic magazine has released its 25 top travel destinations around the world for 2020 and the Wales Way made it onto the list.

The Wales Way is made up of three touring routes across the country; the 185-mile Cambrian Way, which snakes through the Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia National Park, the 180-mile Coastal Way around Cardigan Bay, and the North Wales Way, which stretches 75 miles from Queensferry to Anglesey.

According to the global travel magazine, the three fully mapped routes showcase the best of the legend-filled land and get the blood pumping. 

The selection was based on four categories: cities, nature, culture and adventure. Wales fell under the adventure category. 

Four Falls Trail
The Cambrian Way travels coast to coast from Cardiff to Conwy, with the walking route passing through the Brecon Beacons National Park.

Other places to feature on the shortlist include Tasmania, the Canary Islands, the Kalahari Desert in Botswana and the Maldives. No other locations in the United Kingdom were chosen.

The Visit Cardiff team said, “We’re thrilled to see Wales recognised at an international level. The Cambrian Way route begins in Cardiff, making it the perfect starting point for a Welsh adventure.

“Cardiff is full of culture, history, charm and entertainment. The city acts as the gateway to the wider South Wales region, with its beautiful beaches, mountains and fascinating heritage.”

Welsh cakes
“We’re thrilled to see Wales recognised at an international level,” said the team at Visit Cardiff.

There’s also a new travel magazine that shines a light on this epic region that stretches from coast to peak. Yma, based in Cardiff, aims to help those living in South Wales discover what’s on their doorstep. 

“It’s easy to get caught up in life and forget to explore the place that you live,” says Priyankaa, a writer on the magazine. “With Yma, we want to help people make the most of their surroundings because South Wales has so much to offer.”

The first issue launched this week with features on Cardiff, Brecon and the Gower. Take a look to gain some inspiration for things to do in the area over the festive period.