07 Mar 2017
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Why Cardiff Isn't The Best City On Earth...

Its horrific isn't it, horrible beaches, rubbish castles & unbelievably kind people, some might say you would be unlucky to visit Cardiff.

Here's our thoughts...

Have you ever wondered what city is the best city on earth? Have you ever considered that it could be right here, in Cardiff?

 

If not, here are a few reasons why we all should take Cardiff more seriously as a contender for “Best city in the whole wide world”. It is already proven that it is one of the best cities in Europe but ambition is a welsh trait and they are now aiming for world domination. Who could blame them?

 

Indeed, Cardiff can boast an incredible quality of life that would make anybody jealous. Its location is great, close to Bristol and London, but also close to Gower’s unspoiled beaches or the Brecon Beacons. The mix between city life and nature is a great one, no doubt about it.

brecon beacons

Credit: www.beacons-npa.gov.uk

Furthermore, it is one of the greenest city in the UK. Go to Bute Park and take a look at Cardiff castle or enjoy the river Taff that runs through the city. Last but not least, the Cardiff bay Barrage is worth viewing too, especially if you like wildlife and wetlands.

 

In terms of quality of life, good salaries and low living costs make it an absolute winner. Think about London and its sky-high rents. Livability is also an important factor and the sheer size of Cardiff makes it very enjoyable if you don’t want to spend hours commuting or visiting a friend that lives on the other side of the city. A mere 15 minutes by bike is enough to go from one end to the end. If you are a big city type of guy (or girl), you might not like it, though.

 

Have we mentioned that it is also a capital city? Yes, this is the capital of Wales. A proud land with a long history of achievements and successes during the last 1,000 years. National Assembly, National Museum, Millenium Stadium…this place is full of important landmarks.

mellenium

What may seem like a little city by the sea is at the forefront of innovation and business, indeed the business environment is great and dozens of new companies are flourishing like mushroom after the rain, especially New Chapter Removals Cardiff, we pride ourselves on how quickly and efficiently the business has grown, like many businesses in Cardiff at the moment that are making it an innovation capital in the western world, and most notably Europe.

 

But a world-class city wouldn’t be complete without sports events, arts and culture. And despite its small size, Cardiff fares extremely well in all three. From the Welsh National Opera to the NoFit State Circus, there is something for every individual and every taste. Beautiful murals adorn the city walls and Chapter, the art house cinema, is where things happen in the artistic scene. Or simply try the Wales Millenium Centre.

 

For sports lovers and amateurs, rugby, football, 5 and 10K runs, cricket, wrestling and many more sporting events take place all year long. There are too many sports and events to name them all actually. If you want to experience something radically different, take a look at roller derby and pick a team, let’s say the Tiger Bay Brawlers or why not the Swansea City Roller Derby?

 

Honestly, it’s hard to go wrong when choosing this city. It is also safe, not noisy like some bigger cities, clean, education and public transportation reach very high standards. For those of you who want to experience the local nightlife, there are plenty of bars, clubs, and restaurants open.

 

Cardiff is currently rising in the ranks of the best cities in the UK, in Europe and soon in the world. But did it happen overnight? Not really, since there has been a strong will by the Cardiff council to improve the city in all aspects in order to see it become a more livable place, and most importantly, an excellent place to live that is recognized as such by its peers.

 

Vision is everything. And being ranked side by side with cities of the caliber of Stockholm or Copenhagen has brought an enormous amount of pride to its inhabitants and local political leaders alike. And they do not plan to stop there.

 

Air quality is excellent, the health system is better than in many other places and there is so much more that can be said about Cardiff, and even Wales in general.

 

In conclusion, Cardiff is the ideal place if you are looking for a fun but still quiet place to live, work, and party. There are plenty of parks, castles, and other historic venues. It is easy to get around and there are only minor traffic jams (if we can even call them that).

 

Take a walk in Cardiff bay, enjoy the port city, watch the sunrise, watch the sunset, bike around, go to the Taff trail, breathe deeply, feel the vibrancy, feel the history…so many things to do, so little time.

 

When we say “best place in the world”, it has to be taken with a pinch of salt of course. But by being ironic we meant well. The youngest capital city in Europe has nothing to be ashamed of. Actually, quite the contrary. The city is destined to rise and shine even further in the not-so-distant future and we hope all its residents will take pride and help with the efforts being carried out.

 

It is good to know that there are alternatives. No, you don’t have to live in London, Manchester or another big city to enjoy a good standard of life. Yes, there are other places that enjoy an extremely good quality of life that are not located in Denmark or Sweden.

 

Many other aspects have not yet been evoked such as food. Indeed, Cardiff has become a destination for foodies and farmers’ markets are popping up everywhere in the streets. Food lovers have something to celebrate. Wales has plenty to offer when it comes to food variety and drinks.

 

White water sports are just another cool activity that you can try whilst in Cardiff Bay. For other watersport activities, you can go to the rural side of Wales and we promise that you will not be bored, not even for a moment.

water

Credit: http://www.visitwales.com/

We have only marginally mentioned Cardiff’s vivid past. But there is much more that can be said. This settlement was founded during the Roman era, then endured through the Viking period, became a norman town, a county town of Glamorganshire, docks were built, it then became a major coal center (this is the city where the first one-million pound cheque was signed!) and is now undergoing major renovation and revitalisation since the decline of the docks.

 

Resilient, dynamic and looking toward the future: this is how we could sum up Cardiff in three words. And wait, more is coming! The past few years have seen some pretty big events happening such as the promotion of Cardiff to the Premier League (relegated shortly after but this is only the beginning) and the opening of the Ice Arena.

 

The population is also steadily growing and is now approaching half a million with its surrounding areas. The lawmaking powers of the Welsh assembly have been recently extended which means more autonomy. Better decisions based on local realities will be made and the prosperity that Wales has enjoyed is bound to expand even further in the coming years. Yes, the future is bright.

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