The city and county of Swansea covers an area of nearly 380 kilometres in the South of Wales and is home to the likes of Swansea Bay, The Gower Peninsula and Mumbles. Wales, incase you’re reading from overseas, is a country in the southwest of Great Britain.
The Swansea area itself actually only takes up a very small percentage of Wales, around 2%, but the scenery and ruggest coastline that it offers is not to be undermined. I’ve just got back from a 4 day adventure in Swansea Bay where I was hosted by Visit Swansea Bay and exposed to an itinerary filled with some of the best adventure and local works on offer there.
From the Gower Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the cliffs broken up by an abundance of little bays, to the Welsh cakes, the unique Welsh language and the fresh seafood being served up, Swansea Bay is filled to the brim with experiences to suit every type of traveller. I’m going to expose all my favourite parts and recommendations to you in this blog post. Are you ready?
The good thing about this area being so small is that it doesn’t take long to drive around and to get between places. During our weekend we didn’t do any journeys over 30 minutes and we explored a lot! So when choosing somewhere to stay, just choose a location you love and that suits your desires.
Are you coming in your motorhome / van / with a tent? We stayed at Pitton Cross Caravan Park (open all year round with views of the ocean!).
Do you want to stay near the beach? My favourite guesthouse is without a doubt, Langland Cove Guesthouse right on Langland Beach.
Fancy somewhere quirky / local? Take a look here for some unique stay options.
Get your hiking boots on and choose from the many routes that hug the coastline with views across the limestone cliffs, coves and ocean. Rain or shine, these hikes are breathtaking and the fresh air combined with the views will do wild things to you and your soul. Soul food at it’s finest.
Download a map of the coastal paths here.
We did (and I can recommend):
The rugged coastline here in Swansea is interrupted so frequently and hosts cove after cove. If walking between them isn’t your thing, pull up to one of the beaches accessible by car and enjoy food overlooking the ocean be it a picnic or in one of the restaurants.
This is the beach everyone talks about. 3 years on from my last visit, Rhossili Bay still took my breath away. It’s just such a vast landscape and standing looking out over the beach just blows my mind. Rhossili Bay has been voted in the top 4 beaches in the UK for 4 years in a row and it’s not hard to see why.
Whether it’s for an afternoon coffee, a walk over to Worm’s Head, a long walk over the headland and back along the beach or for just a gaze and a photo – don’t miss this spot during your Swansea adventure!
Outdoor adventure is huge over here in Swansea – Wales is just the best outdoor playground. I was surprised at how many surfers I saw in the water whilst I was over here, on Langland Beach and Caswell Beach to name just a couple of spots. We only had a few days to play with for adventure and we chose:
I didn’t get around to it this time but rumour has it this is the place for picking up local welsh produce… including incredible welsh cakes. You’re welcome.
You may have heard about the rain that is no stranger in Wales? Don’t let the rain warn you off coming, embrace it. Get your waterproofs on, get out in nature and then tuck up in a pub for some hot food and a drink to toast your adventure.
I also heard Michelin star restaurant The Beach House is incredible but requires advanced bookings!
Mumbles has a gorgeous array of shops to spend the afternoon wandering through. Mumbles is right on the sea front at Swansea Bay so combining the two is a perfect mix. I can suggest Verdi’s (Italian restaurant right on the pier), Momo’s (vegan eatery) and The Secret Bar and Kitchen (right on Swansea Bay beachfront).
Park up in the National Trust car park, soak up the views over Rhossili Bay and then walk over towards Worms head. Time it 2.5 hours either side of low tide and you can walk over to the two islands (which are cut off at high tide).
We had a delicious hazelnut sundae at Verdi’s on the sea front in the Victorian fishing village of Mumbles. The perfect treat after a coastal walk.
I visited in March 2020 and yes, at the beginning of Spring, there were still many many surfers heading into the ocean. Just make sure you have a wetsuit.
Hire a board and head to one of the Surf Schools in Swansea Bay for a lesson. If you’re already a seasoned surfer – what are you waiting for?
Three Cliffs Bay Coffee shop is a beautiful little nook to hang out in for a cup of coffee, a bowl of homemade soup or lunch and a glass of wine with a loved one.
Mum and I came here for a bowl of the homemade soup after rock climbing down on Three Cliffs Bay beach, the perfect soul food after a morning in the outdoors.
If you’re looking for more tips and inspiration, the Visit Swansea Bay website is filled with information and adventure options!
What were your favourite spots? I’d love to know!?
Love as always and happy adventuring,
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