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Do you have a love for Wales? Swansea is the second largest city there and just the place to start any adventure in England's south-west. Natural beauty is this city's middle name! Swansea is best reached by car, whether you fly in to London or Cardiff which is much closer. From Cardiff Airport the easiest way to reach Swansea is with a one way car hire to Swansea, or return if you plan to fly back via Cardiff. There are very few flights to Swansea, only charters from other UK cities and Europe to Pembrey Airport.
If you don't pick up a car hire Swansea airport, just get your low cost car rental in Swansea. All of the major car hire companies are represented here, everything from Alamo to National. Most of them are located within walking distance of the central train station, others in the Castle area on Oxford Street.
Swansea has plenty of parking to go around. The easiest is to use the city's council car parks. There are more than 15 in the city centre alone as well as one by the beach and one in the Mumbles Area. Parking fees vary slightly from car park to car park but generally you can park for £1.20/hour or £7/day.
Ideally if you will have a rent car in Swansea for your entire trip, it's easiest to book a hotel in Swansea with parking facilities. That way, you don't have to fret about constantly moving your rental car every day or finding overnight parking. To find one, search on liligo.com. Once your search results are displayed, choose "Parking" from the list of amenities. This will filter your results for you! Spending your holidays in Swansea? Take advantage of the surrounding landscapes in Wales and make a couple of road trips out into the countryside.
Three Cliffs Bay is one of the best beaches in Britain and continues to attract Britons every summer for a beach break. It's less than 10 miles away from Swansea so there are no excuses for not stopping by. The quiet cove is surrounded by craggy peaks jutting out of the ocean, sheltering the beach on the southern side of the Gower Peninsula. Nearby is Pennard Castle, a 12th-century fortress.
For scenery, grab the A40 and head to Llandeilo and Llandovery via Trapp, a small village along the river. Along the way is also Carreg Cennen Castle, castle souvenir shops, cafes and handicraft gift boutiques. It's a really good excuse for a lazy day out. You can take your time driving, stopping along the way to gape at some of Wales' most awe-inspiring scenery.
If you have more time, the Gower Peninsula is worth exploring. The UK designated it an "Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty" and they're not joking! Three Cliffs Bay is just a taste of what this region of Britain has to offer. The coast's sandy beaches and the region's ruined castles... There's even some great surfing here too, especially in Llangennith.