According to the Lonely Planet Guide Wales has seven of the world's best places to visit.
It has compiled an 'Ultimate Travelist' of 500 places it believes the every traveller must experience.
The places chosen in Wales are:
- Snowdonia (181)
- Portmeirion (207)
- St Davids Cathedral (294)
- Caernarfon Castle (315)
- Brecon Beacons (365)
- Tintern Abbey (373)
- St Fagans National History Museum (431)
Top of the list are the Temples of Angkor, Cambodia.
Our North Wales reporter Rob Shelley has been watching Surf Snowdonia's indoor lagoon fill up with water today.
The giant lake will cover the equivalent of eight football pitches and will give surfers a place to hit the waves that isn't dependent on tides.
Stretched out over what used to be the old Dolgarrog Aluminium plant, right now two giant pipes are filling their version of Wales' biggest bath: it'll take 15 hours before the concrete disappears to be replaced by a still blue surface - which when you add the massive engine and bits of jiggery and pokery that are commercially sensitive, will make the only indoor surfing facility of its kind in the world
It's filling up (literally) now: it all opens on August the first, so there's no point in turning up with a surfboard and an optimistic look till then. But the man masterminding it all - former Army Colonel Steve Davies, compares it to a parachute jump.....you begin your descent and then you realise that the earth is rushing up towards you - three weeks is quite a deadline, but they're bang on schedule.
The world's longest man-made waves will soon be swelling in the Conwy Valley as water is pumped into the first ever public wave garden.Read the full story ›
A 70-year-old woman has died on the 3,000ft Tryfan in Snowdonia
Rescuers were alerted when her partner arrived at a car park in the Ogwen Valley, yesterday, in a confused state with superficial injuries.
Members of Ogwen mountain rescue team went on the mountain and discovered the woman lying on a footpath to the east of the Milestone Buttress, having fallen more than 30ft. A dozen team members helped to recover the body last night.
The woman had been with an eight-strong family party from the Midlands and South of England, their ages ranging from late 30s to mid 70s, who had walked up Tryfan, arriving at the foot of the North Tower about lunchtime. One of the senior couple was not confident about climbing the Tower, so the party split, four continuing to the summit and the couple retracting their steps down the north ridge and following the line of a footpath.
Snowdonia's bid for Dark Sky Reserve status, meaning it would be protected from light pollution, is gathering pace. The first of a series of public drop-in sessions is being held tonight.
Volunteers from the Snowdonia Society and others have been recording night light, and lighting specialists were commissioned to conduct a lights survey in Snowdonia.
The society says, with the help of volunteers, and hours of surveying, it was concluded that Snowdonia has a true potential as a dark sky tourist destination, and the dark sky in Snowdonia is extremely valuable and therefore the Authority should protect it.
We can’t ignore the benefits of being an area which has been designated as a Dark Sky Reserve. The area’s wildlife will be protected, the quality of the environment will be improved, and there will be a new natural attraction to draw new visitors to Snowdonia during quiet periods of the year. This in turn will improve the local economy and the dark sky of Snowdonia will be protected for future generations.