Between the cities of Cardiff and Swansea in the south of Wales, the county of Bridgend is a stretch of glorious coastline, historic towns and charming villages.
Known as the Golden Coast, its most popular seaside resort is the town of Porthcawl. Long a favourite for traditional family holidays, it is now also a premier surfing and watersports destination. More tranquil is the sand dune nature reserve of Kenfig and the stunning Heritage Coast.
Inland are historic towns to discover, such as Bridgend and Maesteg, once part of the coal mining and industrial growth that typified the area in the 19th and 20th centuries. Visitors can find out more at Tondu Iron Park and Bedford Park. There are also reminders of an earlier history that can be seen in the fantastic ruined castles at Coity, Newcastle, Ogmore and Candleston.