Pembrokeshire has something for everyone, and the St Davids Peninsula is a holiday destination like no other. Each pocket of this special area has a unique offering, but what is common to all is a stunning beauty that will keep you coming back time and again. Here we spotlight our favourite places, and where to stay in each.
This spectacular city (for it is just that, the smallest city in the UK due to its majestic cathedral and a population of around 2000 people) has drawn visitors for thousands of years due to its religious significance. These days it offers that and so much more. In the ‘city centre’ independent shops and cosy cafes line the high street, and a wander around these as well as local galleries before choosing from the abundance of incredible ice cream flavours on offer is a lovely way to spend a day.
Outside the centre, St Davids is surrounded by a breathtaking coastline. Take it in in any number of ways; picnic on the beach, swim in the sea at quiet coves, walk the coast path or take a boat trip from St Justinians, where the new and old lifeboat stations can be seen nestled side by side.
Where to stay?
The Retreat – Sleeps 2 + 1 dog
Cathedral Cottage – Sleeps 4 + 2 dogs
Bryn Awel – Sleeps 6 + is pet free
Captain’s House – Sleeps 10 + 2 dogs
Solva is a beautiful harbourside village with lots going on while retaining a peacefulness that will stay with you long after you leave. It is home to some of the best seafood vendors in the West. If you’re looking for coast path walks, pub lunches and fresh seafood, this is the place. Its main street in the lower part of the village is bustling in summer months, with shops and galleries selling local products, cafes serving modern twists on Welsh classics and its fair share of pubs for a small village!
Spend sunny days crabbing from the harbour wall and picnicking and swimming from the Gwadn, a quiet cove a short walk away. Chillier days can be spent exploring the village or cosied up with a pint and a game of scrabble in a pub after taking in the majestic views from the coastal path.
Where to stay?
Lantern Cottage – Sleeps 6 + is pet free
Brodawel – Sleeps 6 + 2 dogs
Pen Y Banc – Sleeps 8 + 2 dogs
Plas Hyfryd – Sleeps 10 + is pet free
Porthgain and Abereiddy
This area of the St Davids Peninsula is as picturesque as you can imagine. Porthgain Harbour was once home to a bustling industrial scene but is now known for incredible food and stunning scenery. If you’re looking for somewhere to eat fish and chips on a harbour wall as waves lap and seagulls soar overhead, Porthgain is the place to be.
Nearby, Abereiddy is home to the Blue Lagoon, a former slate quarry which is now a place of pilgrimage for walkers and thrill-seekers alike. Take a coasteering session here and experience an adrenaline rush surrounded by unique scenery, or if you’d prefer a more serene experience, swim into the lagoon and enjoy the peace those sheer cliffs and still waters provide.
Where to stay?
Bwythn Hir – Sleeps 4 + 2 dogs
Ty Canol – Sleeps 5 + 2 dogs