candyfloss and sticks of rock… welcome to one
of Wales’ most popular seaside resorts. It
stands on the western tip of Glamorgan’s
heritage coast and boasts several beaches, a
promenade and Grand Pavilion, and one of the
oldest harbour buildings in the country. A
former police station has been transformed
into a local museum.
The town’s harbour was built in the 19th century to serve the expanding coal and iron industries in the Welsh valleys. A cast-iron lighthouse was built in 1866. Head north to visit the beautiful Kenfig National Nature Reserve or go east to reach Merthyr Mawr Warren, a stretch of sand dunes that became a setting for the movie ‘Lawrence of Arabia’.
Porthcawl Promendae - Photo: Giovanni CCL