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Whilst South Wales has traditionally been thought of as an industrial region and it was and still is, an important economic part of the UK, you would be wrong to believe that it is not an area of a spectacular mix of rugged cliffs, golden sandy beaches and pretty little towns and villages.

West, Mid and South Glamorgan combine all of these features and provide the holiday maker or weekend visitor a range of attractions and sightseeing features that will satisfy the most discerning. Porthcawl on the Glamorgan Heritage Coast is a magnet for visitors and can be regarded as the watersports capital of Wales, for just around the headland at Rest Bay you will find the number one surfing spot in Wales. Surfers wanting to get away from the overcrowded surf spots in Cornwall make for this part of the coast with surfers coming from far and wide to enjoy their sport and if this is not for you, then sit back, have a drink and watch the professionals against spectacular sunsets. However it is not all action watersports, you can head inland and discover the delights of traditional Southern Wales where you will find a good selection of local produce and crafts.

Running east from Porthcawl you will find the major conurbations of Cardiff and Newport in the former “Kingdom of Gwent” where in these areas once beautiful green hills have been scarred by the history of its industrial past. Famous for the production of coal, the former miners’ cottages which terrace the hillsides, along with old industrial sites are now museums and heritage parks. One of the best known is the Rhondda Heritage Park where it is possible to experience the life and times of miners over the last 150 years.

Access to South Wales from England is through the motorway connections and the Severn Bridge along with good train and air services to Cardiff, and from central England the road through the Wye Valley is spectacular. Accommodation in South Wales is varied and like the rest of the Principality, of the highest standard whether this is B&B’s, farmhouse, hotels and guest houses, or the ever popular camping and caravan sites, you will not be disappointed with South Wales.