This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Swansea. To help you make friends with Swansea before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
The city of Swansea, Wales, is situated on the Welsh coast and has roughly two hundred fifty thousand inhabitants. If you take the whole metropolitan area, the number increases to more than four hundred sixty thousand inhabitants. It is the second largest city in Wales after Cardiff. Swansea is not only a city, but also a county, which includes Swansea Bay as well as the Gower Peninsula.
This coastal town gained more and more industrial importance in the nineteenth century; copper was especially crucial for the local economy and provided a large number of jobs. After World War II, those traditional old industries in the town declined. Nowadays, the public administration, education, and the health sector are the most important economic factors in Swansea. The outstanding natural beauty of the Gower Peninsula is the main reason for many tourists to visit the area.
In the city and county of Swansea, you can find numerous hotels and guesthouses and some Swansea, Wales hostels. Keep in mind that the offering of hostels in Swansea, Wales, is limited in the area compared to the Welsh capital Cardiff. The quality of accommodation is good and they offer free Wi-Fi in most cases. Some Swansea, Wales hostels and hotels are located in the rural county of Swansea. Whenever you book, check the accurate location first, since the term Swansea can be the city and the county.
History and architecture lovers have to check out Swansea Castle, Castell Abertawe in Welsh. It is located in the city centre of Swansea and now ruined. Originally, it was founded by Henry de Beaumont in the twelfth century. The Gower Peninsula is perfect for tourists who look for outdoor activities and some relaxation. Surfing, hiking, trekking, pony trekking, and cycling are popular sports in the region. Three Cliffs Bay is very picturesque and a great place to take a stroll. Another highlight is Worm's Head -- the place shaped like a huge sea-serpent and marks the most westerly tip of Gower. The outstanding view is perfect during sunrise and sunset. If you want to get around the Gower Peninsula, there are bus links for most villages and popular bays. Alternatively, rent a car to be more flexible. The Gower Explorer buses depart from the Quandrant Bus Station in the city of Swansea.
Written by local enthusiast for Swansea hostelsFlo