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Wales has plenty of surprises in store for 2012

Celebrity Chef, Jamie Oliver and BBC Springwatch presenter Kate Humble are just two of the contributors to the 2012 edition of Visit Wales’ annual holiday magazine – Wales View.
Thursday 29 December 2011

The Magazine which gives the insights of celebrities and well known travel writers on what makes Wales a great place to visit will be ready for distribution in January.

During his most recent culinary adventure, one of Britain’s best known chefs, Jamie Oliver, visited south Wales and was surprised at what he found and said:

"What really blows me away about Wales is this melting pot of different languages, cultures and ideas that has bubbled away for over 200 years. And it’s all down to coal and metal. The first million pound business deal in history took place in Cardiff and that kind of money drew people from all over the world to settle in Wales, like bees to honey."

He was delighted to find the Italian influences in the South Wales Valleys and also visited Verdi’s in the Mumbles, looked at the Yemeni influences on cooking in Cardiff and cooked up a surf and turf BBQ in Oxwich Bay.  

While in the Gower, he said:

"When the sun shines in Wales it’s gorgeous. People spend all their money going to Spain, but when you’re messing about on the beaches of The Gower Peninsula why would you ever want to be anywhere else?"

Kate Humble, BBC’s Springwatch presenter, who lives in Monmouthshire, picks a handful of her favourite places to visit, including Newport Wetlands RSPB reserve, Anglesey, The Gower and Ynyshir RSPB nature reserve near Machynlleth.  

In 2012 Wales becomes the first country in the world to open a dedicated path running along its entire Coast. Travel writer David Atkinson straps on his boots and walks three sections of the path which opens in May.

Having already been named by the Lonely Planet as the greatest region on earth to visit in 2012, Environment Minister John Griffiths said:  

"The Wales Coast Path will help to attract more visitors to our stunning coastline and provide a real boost to the Welsh economy. It will also encourage visitors and locals alike to get out and enjoy Wales’ beautiful coast."

2012 will also see the Olympic Games taking place in London. Wales has produced great Olympic athletes, not least because Wales have enviable training facilities created by nature. Wales View looks at some of our Olympic athletes’ favourite places. You don’t have to pull on a pair of running shoes to enjoy them for yourself.  



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