Voted the best beach in the UK in 2010 and listed in the top 10 best beaches in the world is Rhossili Bay, with its gorgeous sands and breath-taking clifftops.
Popular with surfers, paragliders, ramblers and bird-watchers alike, this huge expanse of beach always has some sandy spots, even at high-tide, and is perfect for dogs.
The beach has in fact made several notable television appearances, being used as the setting for New Earth in the sci-fi series Doctor Who in 2005, and the bay (including the supposedly haunted Old Rectory) was used in Torchwood: Miracle Day in 2011.
More recently, it was shown to the world during Danny Boyle’s opening ceremony for the London 2012 Olympics (along with Worm’s Head beach) and was chosen by Mumford and Sons to feature in their music video of the single 'Lover of the Light'. (Rhossili can be seen from 3:30, and at 4:59)
Mumbles marks the beginning of the Gower Peninsula’s coastline. A well-loved area of Swansea, it is a charming district with many attractions to appease any holiday-maker.
If you feel the urge for a bit of retail therapy, there are a range of high-end shops, independent boutiques and quirky galleries to dive into, as well as award-winning spas and salons. And of course, no visit to Mumbles would be complete without sampling some of the areas local, home-grown produce and ‘fresh off the boat’ seafood. Pop in for exquisite handmade chocolates or sample some of the town’s world-class ice-cream.
An old stomping ground of poet Dylan Thomas, the area is also steeped in history and tradition. On the inner islet of Mumbles beach, several defensive installations and army buildings from WWII can still be seen, while the outer islet supports Mumbles Lighthouse. Built in 1793, the old tram track and wooden winch that carried up coal to the original twin fires can still easily be spotted along the beach.
A Victorian Pier and Oystermouth Castle are also well worth a visit, with the castle sitting on a hilltop and boasting incredible views overlooking the sea.