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South Wales Introduction

From the modern city of Swansea to the rolling green hills of the Brecon Beacons, South Wales is a diverse area that blends urban culture and rural countryside. Along the coast you'll find quaint fishing villages with stone houses and inland there are historic hamlets with traditional pubs and long country walks. There are vast sandy beaches that are popular with surfers and old-fashioned seaside resorts that families love.

Hotels in South Wales

There's a wide selection of hotels in South Wales, so you're bound to find something suitable for your type of trip. If you are heading for Swansea, Newport or a larger town, you'll find discount hotels close to central areas. Offering free WiFi and a free breakfast, these South Wales hotels are a cheap, comfortable base to explore the area. If you're looking for a country break, there are luxury boutique hotels around the Brecon Beacons area, many of which have guestrooms with private balconies or terraces to enjoy the view. With features such as minibars, espresso machines and bathrobes, these luxury hotels in South Wales are all about relaxation.

Where to stay

Swansea has a modern bay area with large hotels and office blocks dominating the skyline. There's a waterfront area that has been updated, with a large number of restaurants and cafes, and lively bars which create a party atmosphere at weekends. Head to the Maritime Quarter and you can sit on a sandy beach watching yachts come into the harbour or explore a small selection of boutique shops. The town of Brecon is a gateway to the Brecon Beacons and sits along the River Usk. With stone houses and cosy inns, this traditional Welsh town is surrounded by green hills and is a perfect country escape.

Things to see

The Big Pit: National Coal Museum is a fascinating look into the industrial past of South Wales. Huge pieces of industrial equipment sit among the rolling green hills, with disused railway lines and coal dust-stained buildings still standing. You can explore the narrow underground passages where men used to work in near-darkness for hours and see displays of old equipment dating back to Edwardian times. The Brecon Beacons, covering an area of over 500 square miles, are a must-see when you travel in South Wales. There are moss-covered sandstone peaks, calm lakes and tumbling waterfalls to be found along the rocky walking trails, as well as charming Welsh villages surrounded by lush green countryside. WWT Llanelli Wetland Centre has 500 acres of conservation land, with marshes surrounded by long grass. Wander down the trails and you'll see bright pink flamingos, nesting geese and a huge variety of rare birds living in their natural habitat.

How to get to South Wales

Cardiff Airport serves the South Wales area, and flights arrive from across the UK and Europe. Most South Wales reviews recommend taking the shuttle bus to Cardiff Central, from where there's a train line that runs along the coast to Milford Haven, which takes just under 3 hours. There are direct services by train to Cardiff Central and Swansea, where you can change for local trains. Bristol Airport is also a handy arrival point, with lots of budget airlines landing here. It's just under 2 hours from Swansea by car or you can take a shuttle bus to Bristol Temple Meads for train services to South Wales.