For planning your holiday in Swansea in Wales.
A coastal city and county in Wales, Swansea is situated on the sandy South West Wales coast, the county area including the Lliw uplands and the Gower Peninsula which was the first area in the United Kingdom to be designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
Named the most beautiful beach in Britain in 2007 by travel writers who had visited over 1,000 beaches around the world who were in search of the perfect sands was Oxwich Bay on the Gower Peninsula. It boasts over three miles of soft, golden sands. Whilst Llangennith Beach nearby, with its soft sands, great facilities and consistent beach break was listed as the best place to learn how to surf in Britain by The Observer in 2006.
Bracelet Bay, Caswell Bay, Langland Bay and Port Eynon Bay were beaches which won the 2006 Blue Flag Beach Awards aswell as Swansea Marina which is one of the few Blue Flag Marinas in Wales.
Within the city centre of Swansea, you can visit the castle ruins, the Marina and the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery. The Environment Centre, The Dylan Thomas Centre and also the Market, which is the largest covered market in Wales, are also located there.
Divided into four physical areas are the north which contains the Lliw uplands which are mainly open moorland reaching to the foothills of the Black Mountain. To the west is the Gower Peninsula with small villages dotted along its rural landscape. Though the middle from the southeast to the northwest is the urban and suburban area stretching from the city centre to the towns of Pontarddulais and Gorseinon. Aswell as to the east is the coastal strip around Swansea Bay.
Three quarters of the county is bordered by the sea, this containing the Loughor Estuary, the Bristol Channel and the Bay, with the two largest rivers in the region being the Loughor and also the Tawe river. With its path stretching from Mumbles Head over the cliff tops, coastal woodland and beaches to Rhossili, this remains a magnet for walkers in the south coast of the Gower.
Langland Bay, Caswell Bay and Llangennith, are ideal for surfing with the latter winning accolades from national newspapers for the quality of its waves. The seaside village of Mumbles with its Victorian pier, boutiques, and small independent shops has a good selection of restaurants and cafes.
Visit Swansea Bay while on holiday in Swansea, it has a five miles of coastline on its waterfront including the maritime quarter, which features the newest and oldest museums to be seen in Wales. These are the Swansea Museum and the National Waterfront Museum along with the Dylan Thomas Centre being situated there. Also home to various parks, gardens and almost 20 nature reserves is the Bay area, Mumbles and the Gower.