Southern Wales Tourism
Hidden Gem

Play golf, go surfing, hit the shops or dress up as Elvis. The Glamorgan Heritage Coast is not what you think.

Porthcawl and Bridgend

The coast around Porthcawl is all about golden beaches, pretty villages and huge dunes.Bridgend_5_Jaeger Klass Fossil

Starting from Merthyr Mawr, home to some of the biggest sand dunes in Europe, the coast winds its way around to the traditional seaside resort of Porthcawl before arriving at the internationally renowned Kenfig Nature Reserve.  And thanks to the Wales Coast Path you can now walk the entire stretch.

The area is well known for its golden sandy beaches with Newton Bay, Trecco Bay and Rest Bay regularly winning recognition for their cleanliness and facilities.

It's not surprising, that with such a varied coastline, the area is an excellent location for water sports.  Enthusiasts regularly take to the sea, with Rest Bay considered one of the best beaches in the country for surfing, not surprising when you see some of the waves that come crashing in off the Atlantic.

Surfing is not the only top quality sport on offer at Rest Bay.  Overlooking the sands is the Royal Porthcawl Golf Club, one of the toughest courses in the country.  In 2014 it hosted the prestigious Rolex Senior Open Championship to much acclaim.

Golf is something of an obsession here, with 3 golf courses in Porthcawl alone.  Joining Royal Porthcawl are the Grove and Pyle & Kenfig whilst slightly further afield is Maesteg Golf Club.

Inland, away from the coast, the area is perhaps surprisingly a bit of a shoppers paradise.  Just on the outskirts of the town of Bridgend is the Bridgend Designer Outlet.  Here you'll find almost 100 shops selling top brands at discounted prices.

Look out too for the various events that are held in the region throughout the year.  They include the popular Celtic Festival of Wales and the annual food festival in Bridgend.  But, without doubt, the most unusual of the area's events is the Porthcawl Elvis Festival.  Each year 1000s of Elvis fans from around the world descend on the town for a weekend of concerts and festivities in honour of their idol.  It has to be seen to be believed.

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Compact and easily accessible South East Wales is only 2 hours from London. Situated on the western side of Britain, the region has excellent transport links include an International airport, rail and ferry links.

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