Can you imagine a city in which you can find yourself surrounded by books? Do not go imagining, just visit the small Welsh village called Hay-on-Wye located on the river Wye, on the border between Wales and England.
From the outside, it may seem like a normal city, but this village has something quite amazing, which distinguishes it from all other cities.
In Hay-on-Way there are 1,400 people, but it is also the home of hundreds of thousands of books, which makes it one of the places with the most second-hand books from all over the world. In the village, you can find more than 30 second-hand bookshops, cozy places with the smell of old books.
There is a bookstore which specializes in children’s books that have gone out of print; another called “Murder and Mayhem” that sells criminal and detective literature; a library to the open-air called Castle Bookshop, and it is built around the walls of a castle.
“Honesty bookshops” are one of the most unique features of the city. Are shelves in the middle of the street, without a cashier or other employee that you copper. There is only one collection box with a sign that tells you what is the cost of your books. The clients are honest and pay the price indicated. There is no camera to monitor activities, only trust.
Fans of literature, visit this village throughout the year, but Hay-on-Wye organizes a literary festival at the end of May, it is attended by people who are interested in reading and listening to famous writers, attending book signings, and stocking up on materials to read.
In addition, children can participate in thousands of activities at this festival.
This year, the festival is scheduled for 24 of May to 3 of June. So, if you have the chance to travel and you love books, do not hesitate to visit this small village in Wales.