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South Wales

South Wales has a lot to offer, whether you are looking for a city break, relaxing on the beach or a more adventurous action packed activity holiday we have it all…

The most heavily populated a part of Wales, and far and away the foremost anglicized, is that of the south. This is a neighborhood of distinct character, whether within the resurgent seaport cities of Cardiff and Swansea, the mining-scarred Valleys or the dramatically beautiful Glamorgan and Pembrokeshire coasts.

Monmouthshire, Wales’s easternmost county, edges the English border and contains the bucolic charms of the River Wye and Tintern Abbey. To the west and north, although the coal mines do not operate, the world-famous Valleys retain their tight-knit towns and an upscale working-class heritage, and a few excellent museums and colliery tours, including Big Pit at Blaenafon and therefore the Rhondda Heritage Park in Trehafod. The Valleys course right down to the good ports of the coast, which once shipped Wales’s products everywhere the planet. the best of all of them was Cardiff, now Wales’s upbeat capital and an important stop.

Further west is Wales’s second city, Swansea – rougher, tougher and fewer anglicized than Cardiff, it sits on a powerful arc of coast that shelves round to the delightful Gower Peninsula, replete with grand beaches, rocky headlands, bracken heaths and ruined castles. Carmarthenshire, often omitted, is well worth visiting: of all the routes radiating from the shire town of Carmarthen, the foremost glorious is that the winding road to Llandeilo along the Tywi Valley, past ruined hilltop forts and two of the country’s finest gardens.

Immediately east sits Wales’s most impressively sited castle at Carreg Cennen, high on a dizzy rock-plug on the sting of the Black Mountain. The wide sands fringing Carmarthen Bay stretch towards the favored seaside resort of Tenby, a serious stop on the 186-mile Pembrokeshire Coast Path.

The rutted coastline of St Bride’s Bay is that the most glorious a part of the coastal walk, which leads north to brush past the impeccable mini-city of St Davids, whose exquisite cathedral shelters during a protective hollow. Nearby are many opportunities for spectacular coast and hill walks, boat crossings to nearby islands, wildlife-watching and various outdoor activities.

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