Welcome to Swansea, The Gower & Carmarthenshire
Swansea delivers something approaching big-city sophistication, with a glorious stretch of sand arcing between a slowly regenerating city centre and its beach suburb, attractive little Mumbles. On its doorstep are the craggy coastline and epic sandy beaches of the Gower Peninsula, which offer surfing, watersports of all sorts and undulating hikes. Inland, the fecund heartland of rural Carmarthenshire is little touristed but a treat for the green-fingered traveller, with nationally significant parks and gardens scattered about.
If that's whetted your appetite, this area's regional specialities are some of the most famous in all of Wales: salt-marsh lamb, Penclawdd cockles, laver bread and Carmarthen ham. Tuck in.