FAQ3: Living in Cardiff

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Where may I listen to Latin music or go to a Latin-night out?

Within the LatAm Society we will be doing different events throughout the year, some of them with Latin music. September 27th is our welcome party, you can't miss it!

During the week you can also find Latin music in:

Kapu: Every Tuesday they have an event called La Bomba, and they put salsa, bachata and reggaeton. The entrance is free. Plus, they have Tango lessons every Wednesday. Link

Revolución de Cuba: Every Wednesday they have Social Salsa where they give salsa lessons for beginners and advanced, but also from 10 pm they put on music and you can go dancing. The entrance is free. Link

O´Neils: All Mondays they also have salsa lessons for all levels starting at 8pm, the student entrance fee is 6 pounds for two hours of classes. Link

Intirave: It's a party they organize in The Brass Beats once a month and they play reggaeton, electro Latino, Dembow and Bachata. The next party is on September 19th and it is £3 of cover (if you make a reservation) and you get a free sangria. Link

Now that I am in Cardiff, where else should I visit on its surroundings?

Wales is a beautiful country. Here are a few recommendations to visit in and around Cardiff

  • Castell Coch (Welsh for ‘Red Castle’): You can reach the Castle by train or by bike via the trail (it’s about 10 km). Link
  • Caerphilly:  A small town around 20 mins by train from Cardiff Queen St, featuring a  medieval castle. The castle is open to visitors, which is the second largest in the UK. Link

-       Bath: A Roman city in England with beautiful architecture located just 1.5 hours by train from Cardiff Central. There you can visit the ancient Roman Baths and museum. The baths - built around a natural hot spring - feature some of the best preserved Roman remains in Britain (no bathing allowed!). Link

-       Bristol: An English city 1 hour by train from Cardiff Central. You can see Bansky’s art work here. The city has much artistic character with plenty of shops, resturants, and stores. Link

-       Swansea: Welsh city close to Cardiff, you can reach it by train and visit Swansea Bay. Link

  • Ogmore: Beautiful beach near Bridgend, you can reach there taking a train to Bridgend and then a bus or a taxi. Link
  • Tenby: Most known town in Pembrokeshire (West Wales). You can reach it by train or renting a car. It is worth going on a nice weekend, though many people might do the same. Lots of things to do around the area. Link
  • Pembrokeshire National Park. Link
  • Wales Coast Path: There’s a path that goes around all Wales’ coast, you can do as many sections as you want and see the different towns around the country. Beautiful cliffs and scenery along the way. Link
  • The Gower: In South Wales, different places to visit like Rhossilli Bay and many other beaches. Lots of hikes available depending on what you like to do. You can either get there by car or train+bus. The Gower is the first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the UK. Link
  • Pen-y-Fan / Brecon Beacons: Pen-y-Fan is the highest mountain in South Wales, located in the Brecon Beacons National Park. There are a lot of walks to do around the area. Link
  • Snowdonia: National Park in North Wales with Snowdon (highest peak in Wales and England). There are a few paths available to reach the peak of Snowdon, and also more mountains to climb. It’s worth to plan a trip with a  few days to visit the area. The longest zipwire in Europe can also be found here. Link
  • In Cardiff per
    • Cardiff Bay. Link
    • St Fagans Museum. Link
    • Cardiff Castle. Link
    • National Museum Cardiff. Link
    • Bute Park. Link
    • Roath Park. Link

 

Which other activities do you recommend to do in Cardiff?

  • Languages for All: The University provides the service of free language courses to their students. Make the most of it and learn/improve a third language. Link
  • Postgraduate Students’ Association: One of the societies from the Students’ Union, free to join with activities for everyone. Link
  • Y Plas: The Students’ Union venue for club nights on Wednesdays and Saturdays, concerts, tables to chill and eat during the day and more. Go have a look around and keep updated with the activities they organise depending on the week. Link
  • Sports: Cardiff is THE place for sports, the city has hosted events such as games for the Rugby World Cup, a stage of the Tour of Britain, and even a European Champions’ League Final. Also, here you can participate or just enjoy to watch all the following sports:
    • Rugby: Rugby is the National Sport in this country. The Principality Stadium hosts international matches for the Wales team. The Arms Park is the stadium for the local rugby club Cardiff Blues. There are also amateur rugby clubs if you are keen on joining.
    • Running: You can take your daps (trainers according to the Welsh) and go for a jog in Bute Park, Roath Park, Cardiff Bay or along the Taff Trail (a path that goes next to the river Taff).
    • Swimming: There are beaches nearby where you can swim and, unless you are used to the cold waters of the North, a wet suit is recommended. Also you can go and have some laps in a tempered swimming in pool, in Cardiff International Pool or at the Maindy Centre where they have Olympic size swimming pools. Some other gyms have small swimming pools available if you are interested.
    • Climbing: British people really enjoy climbing with many outdoor crags available near Cardiff, including Castle Coch. If you are wondering where to practice indoors Boulders Climbing Gym is your place; you can reach it by foot, bike or bus.
    • Yoga: Many yoga studios are located around the city, have a look at the options available depending on your level and what you are interested. Tramshed Studio offers many classes with instructors that can recommend what’s best for you.
    • Dancing: You can go to the places recommended for Latin moves, if you are looking for mainstream English music St Mary Street has lots of options. If you want to practice different dance styles, Just One Theatre Arts offers a variety of classes.
    • Kayaking/Rafting/Surfing: You can practice all these sports outdoors in many of locations depending on what you like. If you would like to train or just give it a go, the Cardiff International White Water offers it.
    • Football: In the parks around the cities you can take the ball and have some fun, but if you want to go and see a match Cardiff City team is now in the Premiership League.
    • Cricket: Many cricket games are played in the SWALEC Stadium located just next to Bute Park.
    • Cycling: You can cycle almost everywhere around the city, with bike racks easy to find. For keen cyclists, you can join a club and go discover the country on your bicycle.
    • Ironman Tenby: This yearly event might be worth a watch, or participate if that’s your cup of tea. Happens in September.
    • Hiking: There are many options for hiking around Cardiff, you can walk in the parks or take the train/bus and find a path that suits you somewhere nearby.
    • Coasteering: Wales originated sport where you swim around the coast and do some cliff jumping.
  • Societies: Cardiff Uni has lots of societies for people with different interests, have a scroll at their options and join the ones that suit you more. Cardiff Latin American Society is for everyone and more advice can be provided on request.

 Which bars do you recommend in Cardiff? And how about cheap drinks?

Lastly, some recommendations for a night out:

  • Where to go out
    • Tiny Rebel
    • Hop Bunker
    • Pen & Wig
    • Owain Glyndwr
    • Brewdog
    • Chippy Lane
  • Cheap Drinks
    • Wetherspoons
    • The Taf: The Students’ Union pub with cheap drinks and food. Link
    • Supermarkets
    • Live Lounge
    • Steinbeck & Shaw Happy Hour

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