Lapping the western headland of the Gower Peninsula is Carmarthen Bay, an astonishing arc of golden beaches, ancient castles, secluded villages and sparkling blue seas.

The bay contains the popular attraction of Pembrey Country Park, set in 500 acres of landscaped woods and parkland. This area has been transformed into a recreational ribbon of cycling, footpaths, lakes, harbours and marinas. Pembrey's vast stretch sweeps around to a lovely farm-fringed estuary where the River Tywi meets the sea. Here you'll discover delightful Ferryside and quaint Llanstephan, both with olde-worlde seaside appeal and bucket loads of personality.

If you are feeling very adventurous you can always get an adrenalin rush by 'coasteering' along the craggy cliffs of Carmarthen Bay or canoe down the raging rapids of the River Teifi. Water levels in this area are strong all year round making it a prime location for canoeing, kayaking and rafting.

Standing guard over Carmarthen Bay, at the estuary where three rivers converge, are the imposing castles of Kidwelly, Llansteffan and Laugharne with their historic towns and villages. All worthy of a visit to explore their history and take in the spectacular settings in which they lie.

Historic Tenby marks the most westerly margins of Carmarthen Bay, a charming medieval town with its 13th century walls still mostly intact. Offshore from Tenby lies Caldy Island, home to a thriving Cistercian monastery where monks make their famous perfumes, as well as a delicious range of creams and honeys.

Carmarthen Bay's 'heron-priested shore' ends with another stretch of golden sand at Pendine. Pendine, nudging the borders of Pembrokeshire, is the perfect place to watch the world go by whilst eating ice cream! Overlooking the beach is the impressive 'Museum of Speed', a building jam-packed with record-breaking stories, vehicles and other racing paraphernalia. The most famous of these is 'Babs', the vehicle in which Parry Thomas lost his life in 1927 whilst making a land speed record attempt.