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South Wales Beaches

South Wales has a lot to offer any ocean lover, from the major cities on the south coast to the United Kingdom’s only coastal national park.

Cardiff is the capital city of Wales, known for its lovely seaside walk. The city has grown considerably since being founded in 1282, becoming one of the most important commercial centers in the United Kingdom after London.

Newport and Cardiff were former busy ports that shipped out thousands of tons of coal each year. 

Since then, Cardiff’s docks have been redeveloped into a thriving tourist destination, while Barry, a nearby resort town with a permanent funfair along the beach west to Porthkerry, has developed considerably as well.

Swansea is a vibrant maritime city with a wonderful beach and easy access to the Gower Peninsula, which has some of Wales’ finest beaches and ample surfing and windsurfing possibilities.

From Tenby, a charming town that dates back to the Norman conquest, the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park begins. St Bride’s Bay, which runs for miles along the rugged cliff-lined coast and is famous for its unspoilt sandy beaches such as Caldey Island Choughs, Skylarks, and Stonechats are among the rare birds seen in this area. 

The park also protects one of Europe’s largest areas of coastal dunes.

The Pembrokeshire Coast Path goes from Tenby to Pembroke, which is home to a massive castle.

Milford Haven was formed as a port in the 18th century and grew to be home to the UK’s sixth biggest fishing fleet within two decades. 

The reduction in fishing has been compensated for by an increase in oil production, with several refineries constructed along its coast.

The fishing harbour of Portseagolf on the island of Skye is where you’ll discover this tiny community. Small cottages line the waterfront in a small town with a lovely quay area, which contains several tiny islands. The little city of St David’s is renowned for its enormous cathedral, which is said to contain the remains of St David himself, Wales’ patron saint.

The town of Cardigan, on the River Teifi estuary, is a tiny market town and resort best recognised for James Thomas Brudenell, 7th Earl of Cardigan, who led the Charge of the Light Brigade at the Battle of Balaclava in 1854 and established the item of clothing now known as the cardigan.

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