This beach, also known as Aberavon Sands, is a lovely wide three mile stretch of fine sand. It's popular with walkers, holiday makers and families and swimmers too as it is a Blue Flag beach. There were about 20 people swimming in the sea today, while we were on the Promenade, despite the cool weather, no sun and icy water!! At times there are very large waves and then you'll see droves of surfers (or whatever the collective noun is).
A lot of money (almost £4m) has been put into facilities, repairs and renovation projects over the past few years and we've seen a considerable improvement during that time.
There are many parking facilities along the Promenade near the beach, both pay and display car parks and free parking bays.
My video is from a year or two ago:
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Great place for a family day out!
This is a long flat promenade - onto a huge stretch of sandy beach. The promenade is flat and accessible to all, and there are steps down onto the beach.
It's a favourite place for our family - the dog loves to walk on the beach (but only allowed October to May - I think!), and the Council litter wardens patrol quite often, so remember to pick up your doggie poos!
There's great children's playground, a paddling pool and a skateboard area, along with fish and chips and ice cream sellers. There's also a lovely little cafe on the prom - Remo's, which is well worth a visit.
Plenty of free parking is available close by, as well.
This coast was once known for its sand dunes, according to Baedecker the highest in Europe this side of Danzig. The poet Byron is even quoted as saying that Swansea Bay compared favourable with the Bay of Naples. However, industrialisation and development mean that that is sadly no longer the case. The beach itself was and still is a great place to swim but (some say because of changes in sea currents, others because of dredging) its level has fallen and the authorities have been obliged to cover a vast swathe of what was previously soft dry sand and considerable sections of the sea wall with gigantic boulders, thus detracting greatly from the beauty of the place. The promenade is still a great place for a bracing walk at any time of the year but the gardens along the prom are no longer what they were, not that they were ever anything much. The Lido has been burnt down twice (How can anyone burn a swimming pool?). And nothing to do and nowhere to go on a rainy day, of which there are many. Clearly there was never much foresight, not to mention imagination. But this is probably true of the town as a (w)hole. A shame really.
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