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