Although plagued by high unemployment due to the closure in the 1980s of its power station and the surrounding mines at Cwm Mawr, at the end of the north easterly running coal and limestone laden Gwendraeth Valley, lies the seaside town of Burry Port.
Boasting a marina for small leisure boats, and a small but vital town centre with a supermarket, a number of hairdressers and beauty salons, a good selection of pubs and takeaway outlets, as well as a large high school and library, Burry Port offers a good lifestyle for both residents and visitors.
Built along the banks of the Gwendraeth Fwr River, which flows into the Loughor River estuary at Burry Port, the opposite bank boasts Pembrey Burrows, comprising of reclaimed marshland and burrow and covering a large area. North of the town is Mynydd Pembrey, locally called Pembrey Mountain, but really just a hill.
You can get to Burry Port by rail from Swansea to the east or Pembrokeshire to the west.