The capital, Cardiff, has seen extensive regeneration, both in the city center and the nearby Cardiff Bay area, which is now seen as a major entertainment and administrative center. In the rural north, farming and tourism continue to be the main sources of income.
Populous south Wales incorporates Cardiff, the cities of Swansea and Newport, Carmarthen Bayand two national parks, Pembrokeshire Coast and Brecon Beacons. The Cambrian Mountains and the attractive coastal resorts of Cardigan Bay are highlights of mid Wales, while the north has popular seaside resorts like Llandudno and Rhyl, the island of Anglesey and the scenic delights of Snowdonia National Park.
Wales Food & Dining
• Welsh rarebit (cheese on toast).
• Bara brith (a type of tea bread).
• Laver bread, which is made with seaweed.
• Welsh cakes (made with sultanas or currants).
• Welsh cawl (a meat and vegetable broth).
• Brains beer.
Bars, restaurants and cinemas are common in the cities and towns. Smoking is banned in all enclosed public spaces, including pubs and restaurants.