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I’m just back from a weekend in Swansea Bay with Visit Swansea Bay and, up until Friday afternoon, I didn’t really know what to expect.
Before I share more tales (and a video) of my weekend of #SwanseaBayAdventures, here are 5 ways in which the Swansea Bay area of Wales surprised me.
The beautiful coastline
I knew Wales had some stunning coastline, but I had no idea that the coastline in the Swansea Bay area made up part of this stunning landscape.
We took a walk from the pretty town of Mumbles to Langland Bay. The route’s an easy one to follow and takes you along Swansea Bay’s well-kept coastal path. Every time we rounded a corner or reached the top of a hill we were greeted with stunning coastline!
We were treated to some delicious food made with local Welsh produce during our weekend in Swansea Bay.
From the Welshcakes left in our room at the Marriott hotel upon arrival, to the scallop and squid ink risotto at Cafe Twocann, the Valentine’s dinner at Grape and Olive on top of the Meridian Tower (Wales’ tallest building) and the fresh foccacia at Verdi’s cafe in Mumbles.
You don’t really think of Wales and great food (much the same with England), but we certainly ate very well!
The range of activities
Did you know Swansea Bay is home to the highest rock climbing wall in Wales and the first indoor surf machine?
I didn’t either until last weekend.
And that’s just two of the indoor activities to do in Swansea Bay at Wales’ premier watersports centre, The LC. That’s before we get to the coastal walks, the SUP, surfing, biking and more!
How accessible Swansea Bay is from London
It takes less than three hours from London Paddington to reach Swansea Bay and it’s an easy, direct train.
You could leave after work on Friday and spend a glorious weekend full of #SwanseaBayAdventures before heading back home on Sunday evening with your lungs full of fresh sea air (not car fumes!) and a smile on your face.
Whoever said it always rains in Wales was lying!
While the rest of the UK was soaked on Saturday, we enjoyed blue skies and sunshine with a few clouds sure, but not a drop of rain!