In the past Port Talbot was not a tourist destination but that is changing rapidly as it now has one of the most popular visitor attractions in Wales - the world renowned Afan Forest Park which is one of the top centres for mountain biking in the world. Port Talbot town itself is a major industrial centre, and the few historic buildings of interest were obliterated in the 60s and 70s to make way for the motorway and other road networks. However, the sea front offers a long beautiful sandy beach (Aberavon) offering views over Swansea Bay. It has been awarded the coveted Blue Flag for cleanliness and water quality. Just outside the town is the beautiful Margam country park, the former home of the Talbot Family - the family who introduced the steel making industry to the town and built the harbour to allow import of iron ore. It is now a popular tourist attraction with weddings and functions held at the Orangery. Behind the town is the picturesque pine-clad Afan valley which is home to the second most most popular visitor attraction in Wales - the Afan Forest Mountain Bike centre which attracted 650,000 visitors in 2009.
The steel works. For people attracted to industrial scenery, the hills behind the town offer spectacular views of the huge steel works, which is even more impressive set against the background of the sea. The view is even more dramatic during overcast days. The Harbour Way (A4241) Road runs alongside the steelworks and offers a closeup view to the massive steel mill.
Swansea bay. The town is located along the stunning sweep of Swansea Bay and offers views as far as Mumbles Head and the Gower Peninisular. Swansea is quite spectacular on clear day and when lit up at night.
Margam Park. A 850 acre country park located just north of the town. The park boasts an orangery and castle.
Afan Forest Park is renowned for its world class mountain bike tracks.
Glyncorrwg Ponds. Beautiful fishing centre and popular with walkers.
Ron Evans Pies (British bakery), 17 Commercial Road, Taibach, Port Talbot. SA13 1LN, ☎ +44 1639 883889, . A long established family bakery who make delicious pies. The bakery shop is open daily Mon - Sat.edit
Abergwynfi Cottage, 41 High Street, Abergwynfi, Port Talbot (Exit M4 at Junction 40 and follow A4107 until you reach Abergwynfi. Last cottage on the right), ☎ 01639 851015, . Self catering holiday cottage sleeps 6. Mountain bikers welcomeedit
T Bones Inn & Restaurant, Hawdref Ganol Farm, Pontrhydyfen, Port Talbot, ☎ 01639 644444, . Top quality steak restaurant and bed and breakfast accommodation. Quiet location. edit
La Memo Brasserie, 20 Forge Road, Port Talbot, ☎ 01639 887390, . The atmosphere at La Memo is relaxed, warm and comfortable, and the front of house team offers a warm welcome and professional service, your visit to La Memo will be an experience of fine cuisine and attentive service for you to relax and enjoy. La Memo has been transformed into one of the most talked about restaurants in South Wales gaining accolades in the local press, and online review sites.edit