Gower Peninsula was described by writer Wynford Vaughan Thomas as “a secret that people hug to themselves”, and with over 19 miles of gorgeous, golden, sandy bays, it’s easy to see why many wanted to keep its beauty on the down low. However, the region was also the first part of Britain to be designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, meaning that the beautifully rustic landscapes won’t be ruined, regardless of how popular it becomes as a holiday destination. There is a plethora of hidden beaches, mysterious coves and intimate cliffside walks, making it the ideal place to take a special someone for a romantic getaway. Below is some inspiration for the romantic excursions, activities and experiences you can embark upon together, during your stay in a luxury holiday cottage in Gower.
Breakfast on the Coast Path
Head out bright and early, fresh-faced and bushy-tailed and most importantly, ready for a day of exploring. Pack some breakfast in the form of strawberries, sarnies and even some bubbly for the best possible start to the day. More adventurous breakfast connoisseurs could even dig out an old gas stove and give a bacon butty a go. Whatever you indulge in will taste incredible when combined with the expanding views of the Bristol Channel. A morning walk with some fresh sea air will do you the world of good and allow you to appreciate the beautiful landscapes early doors, before the crowds descend.
Romantic bike rides
A great way to see all that Gower has to offer is on two wheels – tandem optional! Pop on an attractive helmet and race each other up and down the hills, laughing into the wind as you speed across any of the numerous cycle routes in the area. That said, the reality could be more of a ‘jump off and walk’ situation in some parts where hills are plentiful and large. A few of the best routes head along the sea front from Mumbles to Swansea or through the Clyne Valley Country Park.
Whether you’re a water baby or completely alien to the sea, every romantic holiday to Gower should involve a water-based activity – even if it’s just a paddle! Laugh until you cry as you watch your partner try – and fail – to stand up on a surfboard before pulling off some questionable moves yourself. If surfing proves a tall task, throw in the towel and give bodyboarding a go… it’s just as much fun! Alternatively, hire kayaks and paddle your way around the coast, enjoying the tranquil settings and see the dramatic Gower cliffs from a new perspective. Keep an eye out for dolphins for a truly magical experience; they have been known to play in and around these parts.
Picnic at Three Cliffs Bay
Three Cliffs Bay is a particularly picturesque point on the Gower Coast Path and the varied landscapes provide the perfect opportunity for a romantic picnic. The beach itself consists of a stunning shoreline made up of dunes, salt marshes and the three signature limestone cliffs. You’d be forgiven for thinking this secluded spot was something out of a fairy tale, with stepping stones, a castle and the three magnificent cliffs themselves. Gaze out to sea, gorge on tasty treats and simply enjoy some well-deserved quality time together, away from the hustle and bustle of modern life.
Romantic meals in the city
On one evening, head into the big city of Swansea for some of the best traditional cuisine in all the land. Opt for a romantic evening in Slice, an intimate restaurant setting that seats up to 16 people, but serves some of the most-detailed, well-thought through dishes in Wales and the service is of the same quality. Failing that, opt for a curry in true Gavin and Stacey style, with a visit to Panshee, a contemporary Indian restaurant in the city centre. This is a great way to celebrate a special occasion such as a birthday, anniversary or seasonal festival.
Let’s get cultural
If you’d rather be a little more creative during your time away, there’s plenty of chances to get stuck into the history, lifestyle and culture of the region as well as the chance to attend arts and crafts classes yourself! Head to the Rhossili gallery and browse their extensive range of jewellery. They specialise in wedding and engagement rings, so this could be the perfect way drop a few subtle hints to your partner! There are many other opportunities to learn about the turbulent history of the area, providing the perfect day out for you and your history-loving significant other.
Whatever you decide to do on your holiday to Gower, you won’t be short of romantic activities and sights to visit whilst you’re here, making for an unforgettable holiday for the both of you. Forget the stress of international travel, and opt for a staycation in 2017 for your romantic break away.