Swansea, Mumbles & Gower
A literary trip through south-west Wales.
Swansea, a derivation of Sweyn's Island, is Wales' second-largest city after Cardiff (and is 1 hour's drive away from Cardiff). Swansea is called the city on seven hills for good reason, with the path away from the harbour steeply ascending to the "Uplands" district.
The writer Dylan Thomas, who was born in the Uplands, always called Swansea "this ugly, beautiful town"; the poetic energy driving his powerful, eloquent style was fuelled by his love-hate relationship with the inhabitants of the city and their way of life. Thomas achieved world-wide renown with his 1954 radio drama "Under Milk Wood", a monument to his native Wales.
In truth, Swansea does offer a great mix of spectacular contrasts, from an 8 km-long sandy beach and numerous myths and legends to the Wales Rally GB.(Great Britain).
Swansea's surrounding areas are also exceedingly charming. To the west of Swansea lies the picturesque coastal community of Mumbles, also known as the Gateway to the Gower Peninsula. This beautiful peninsula, which has even been awarded the status of "area of outstanding natural beauty", offers tourists many beautiful sandy beaches at Langland Caswell or Limeslide, as well as heavenly walks and a variety of sporting activities.
Plan and experience a relaxing or activities-based holiday in Wales, from Cardiff to Swansea Bay!
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