Swansea Bay

Often compared to the Bay of Naples, this five mile sweep of golden sand links the Swansea Maritime Quarter and Mumbles Head. A beautiful panorama of sea and water which you glimpse in snatches as you drive past Swansea Town centre and can appreciate more easily as you reach Blackpill Lido where the view across to the village of Mumbles is very picturesque.

Running the length of the bay is a promenade ideal for a stroll or cycle ride. If you aren’t feeling energetic a trip on the Swansea Bay Rider might be just the ticket. The Swansea Bay Rider is a land train which runs between Southend Gardens in Mumbles and Blackpill Lido on bank holiday weekends in May and throughout the Summer.

The soft sand from the Maritime Quarter to Singleton Park is great for sunbathing and sandcastles and swimming if the tide is in. Swansea Bay is great for water sports; dinghy sailing, windsurfing and kite surfing and the bay is especially good for beginners as the beach slopes very gently meaning a large area of shallow water. However check the tide tables before you set out as the as the walk to the waters edge can be a long one if the tide is out. Historically the water of Swansea Bay had a reputation for being polluted but fourteen years ago the sewage from Swansea was redirected to a new ninety million pounds water treatment plant and it is expected that Swansea Bay will be in line for coveted Blue Flag Status, indeed Swansea Marina has already been awarded a blue flag and is one of only eight marinas in the UK to do so.

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