South Wales tourist information & travel guide
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South Wales tourist guide
South Wales may be acknowledged as one of the most densely populated region in the south UK. However, this owes itself more to the fact that the two principal Welsh cities - the capital city Cardiff and Swansea, and the substantial town of Neath are all located there.
However, there is so much to see and do in South Wales. Whether you prefer a holiday with the benefits of the city available from either or both of these two very Europan cities, or a holiday with plenty of rolling countryside, magical castles, idyllic sea side offerings and wonderful rural retreats, the self-catering visitor will not be left wanting.
If your interests extend to some of the great castles of Wales, the region is knee-deep in some of the most famous from Welsh history. Ogmore Castle, built in 1116 by one of the legendary Twelve Knights of Glamorgan, can be found in beautiful rural location of Ogmore-by-Sea on the south bank of the River Ewenny.
The beautiful village of Oxwich, on the beach-lined Gower Peninsula, has not only the Tudor Oxwich Castle, but Penrice Castle and Oxwich Burrows National Nature Reserve. The area is also very popular for watersports, including sailing, water skiing, diving, windsurfing and of course swimming.
The preserved remains of Grosmont Castle on the Welsh/English border some eigh miles northeast of Abergavenny are worth a visit, and Skenfrith and White Castles are nearby. There are many others within easy reach.
South Wales covers some of the most beautiful parts of the Welsh coast. There are gorgeous self-catering cottages in the Gower Peninsula where you can enjoy the unspoilt countryside and award-winning beaches. Holiday cottages in the Mumbles and Afan and the Vale of Neath are plentiful and the walking, watersports and cycling in the area are fabulous. You can stay in a cottage near Swansea and enjoy the city's many attractions and maritime history; or rent an apartment in vibrant Cardiff, the capital of Wales. Cardiff is a delightful blend of castles and museums and stunning modern architecture - apartments overlooking the picturesque waterfront are very popular.