Located along the coast of South West Wales, Swansea Bay includes:
- Swansea City - Wales second city and the regional capital of South West Wales. Thriving and ambitious, old and new, this waterfront city with its centre just a stone’s throw away from the five mile sweep of Swansea Bay is a breath of fresh air. From the Maritime Quarter – through SA1 to the Tawe riverside, Swansea offers waterside developments perfect for city living.
- Gower Peninsula – the UK’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty offers 32 miles of coastline with over 50 named beaches and coves, many of which have won awards and accolades for more than just the excellent water quality.
- Carmarthenshire – often known as the ‘Garden of Wales’, due to its rolling beautiful countryside and associated flora and fauna. From the verdant pastures of the Vale of Twyi to the mountains of ‘Wild Wales’ Carmarthenshire is green to its roots.
- Vales of Afan and Neath - boasts beautiful, bubbling waterfalls set in a stunning vista of mountains and steep sided valleys, as well as some of the best mountain biking trails in the UK, making it perfect for walkers, cyclists and kayakers alike.
In addition to the natural environment that Swansea Bay has to offer, there are many activities and events to fill your leisure time.
Why not join the crowds and head to the 20,000 seater Liberty Stadium, home to Premier League Swansea City F.C. and the Ospreys regional rugby team, as well as being a venue for concerts by international artists, such as The Who, Elton John and Pink.
For culture vultures, the city boasts a wide range of museums, galleries and inspirational attractions, including the award-winning National Waterfront Museum, Swansea Grand Theatre and the Dylan Thomas Centre – celebrating the life of one of Swansea Bay’s most famous sons. Throughout the region there are many Arts centres and Theatres catering to a range of tastes.
When the sun sets, you can take your pick of evenings out, whether its fine dining, relaxed wine bars, cosy pubs, live music or dancing until dawn. You'll be spoilt for choice.
Swansea Bay is a region rich in farming and fishing with many regional delicacies and award winning local produce and drinks, from salt marsh lamb to cockles and laverbread.
There are many ways to enjoy this fantastic environment – including outdoor pursuits centres with experts who can help equip and teach you! There's so much to choose from... surfing, windsurfing, sailing, diving, jet-skiing, kite surfing, running, walking, climbing, canyoning, golf and horseriding...the list goes on!
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Did you know…?
- The £27million Liberty Stadium is home to Swansea City FC and the Ospreys regional rugby team.
- The LC, Swansea’s £32 million leisure centre, has an indoor waterpark with 'Waverider' the standing surf rider - surfing indoors!
- Swansea Marina, winner of Blue Flag and Golden Anchor Awards, has 550 berths.
- Swansea and Gower has around 32 miles of stunning coastline with more than 50 named beaches and coves.
- The BBC Holiday programme, The Independent, The Telegraph and The Times have all named Gower beaches as some of the best in the world.
- Afan Forest Park's 60 miles of singletrack mountain bike heaven have featured in What Mountain Bike Guide's top 20 UK mountain biking descents, The Wall 3rd & Skyline 4th, and was the only UK trail in its list of ten best places to ride before you die.
- Swansea is home to the 50m Olympic-sized Wales National Swimming Pool.
- Not only has Rhossili bay been named the UK's best beach by top travel website TripAdvisor, it's also been named third best beach in Europe and tenth best in the world in the 2013 Travellers' Choice Beach Awards