Swansea's quality of life
Swansea enjoys a close proximity of business and industrial sites to breathtaking coastline and countryside.
Gower, the UK's first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) offering 32 miles of coastline with over 50 named beaches and coves, is only a short drive from the city centre.
The city's position as a regional centre for South West Wales ensures that there are superb cultural opportunities in Swansea. Theatres, museums and art galleries are complemented by the Egypt Centre and the Dylan Thomas Centre. The latter is not the only way in which one of Swansea's most famous sons is celebrated and remembered. There's an annual Dylan Thomas Festival, the Dylan Thomas Prize and self-guided walks that can be followed highlighting the poet's links with the city.
Swansea has also been awarded a Purple Flag for the quality of its night-time economy; the lively Wind Street lunch and night-time experience - an irresistible mix of restaurants, cafés and bars - is a 'must visit'.
Throughout the year there is a huge range of events taking place in Swansea, including many outdoor music events catering for a wide range of audiences. Classical music is also celebrated each year at Swansea Festival, whilst the City has a very active live music scene in the local pubs and clubs. There's much, much more on offer in the city and the wider area and it is true to say that there really is something for everyone to enjoy
Swansea's profile as a City of Sport is increasing, Premier League football and European rugby are played at the city's Liberty Stadium. Other facilities include The Wales National Pool, Swansea LC (which houses Wales' largest waterpark and gymnasium, 30ft climbing wall, multi-purpose double sports hall, a luxury Spa, an interactive fitness area for children, and an indoor surf simulator), the 360 Beach and Watersports facility, and even Swansea's own Half Marathon - Wales' newest, flattest, most scenic coastal route.