National Trust Visitor's Centre - Rhossili
Rhossili is looked after by the National Trust and the visitors centre houses an exhibition on the area and a shop selling the usual gifts and books about the area.
The shop also is a great information point about the nearby area and has a list of tide times posted on an outside window by the door.
At the end of the Mumbles Rd on the western edge of Swansea Bay, are the two small islands standing at the end of the promontory apparently so named possibly by the Romans because of "their visual similarity to 'breasts'; 'mamma' in Latin and 'mammelles' in French". ;-)
Nowadays it marks the boundary between the Gower peninsula and Swansea Bay and is a popular spot to stop for a drink and bite to eat overlooking Bracelet Bay...
Swansea - Abertawe
Swansea is the second largest City in Wales next to Cardiff. It is situated alongside the coast about 20 Miles South West of Cardiff on the Mouth of the river Tawe. Swansea is a vibrant modern City with many things to do and see in the area. There is a fabulous shopping Centre with some lovely shopping arcades, also within the town you'll find the largest indoor market in Wales (apparently you can get the best tasting Lava bread here)!
Swansea has some lovely parks and gardens with Singleton Park being a stonesthrow away from the City Centre and Clyne Country park just a few minutes drive away.
The picturesque town of Mumbles is just around the corner with Oystermouth Castle and the famous collection of bars and restaurants which make up 'Mumbles mile'.
The Gower Peninsular is just a 30 Minute drive away from Swansea, the Gower was the first area in the United Kingdom to be granted 'Area of outstanding Beauty' (AONB) status. It is a fabulous area renowned for its' isolated beaches, rugged scenery, fabulous views and magical castles.
Swansea was granted City status in 1969 to mark Prince Charles's investiture as the Prince of Wales. The announcement was made by the prince on 3 July 1969, during a tour of Wales.
Much of the town was flattened by bombings during World War II but you can still see some remains of the Castle within the City Centre.
In years gone by Swansea played a huge part in the export of Copper Industry earning its' nickname 'Copperopolis'. Nowadays, the revitalised dockland has been transformed into a peaceful waterside area known as the Maritime Quarter or SA1. Here you will find the Marina, Waterfront Museum, Art Galleries and of course Restaurants & Bars.
"Sport in Swansea"
Swansea is home to the National Swimming Pool and also has several cycle routes running through and around the centre - my favourite is the coastal path which runs the length of Swansea bay down to Mumbles.
A well kept secret in Wales UK is a beautiul town called the Mumbles just a 15 minute drive from Swansea train station.
In the summer you might think you are in Santa Monica CA, with it's palm trees and beautiful coastline. And there are surfers and jetskiers there from all over the world.
It has five different beaches from the rough terrain to the peaceful sandy beach.
Friendly locals and little crime. Lots of places to eat including pubs.
You can see all around, I was only sorry I did not have a panoramic camera for this trip.
You can go there for a variety of reasons, family activities, watersports, music concerts, and peace and quiet.