This small fishing village is packed full of sights, sounds, stories and stuff to do. If you’re looking for someone to do the holiday planning for you, then you’re in luck! We’ll provide the accommodation and we’ve planned the perfect day out in Solva – you can thank us later!
Well, you are on holiday, so after a lie-in in your luxurious holiday cottage, why not amble down to the water and have a hearty breakfast to prepare you for a great day out! 35 Main Street sits at one end of the harbour and offers fantastic breakfasts with vegetarian and vegan options, as well as views towards the water and lime kilns beyond.
We think that Cafe on the Quay offers one of the best morning views in Pembrokeshire…the coffee is pretty awesome, too! Sit waterside with your pet at both these lovely venues.
Start your day out in Solva with a bit of artistic motivation…visit a gallery!
Oriel Fach Gallery is on the main street closest to the harbour, where talented landscape and equine artists Warren Heaton cleverly depicts local scenes and wildlife. Pop in to check out his sea scapes and famous sparrows!
You can’t miss Raul Speek’s Gallery, a little further up the main street. The Cuban-born artist and musician’s gallery reflects the pieces within it – colourful, quirky and full of rhythm and fun.
Admiring all that talent is thirsty work! For a vintage tea break, pop into The Old Pharmacy for elevenses to die for…we hear that their scones are the best in the West! We love their fresh Solva crab sandwiches, too…
For something a little different, then Mamgu Welshcakes has a cafe dedicated to the traditional Welsh delicacies, and have their own alternative versions, too – dark chocolate & ginger and leek & Caerphilly cheese are just some of the fantastic flavours to spice up your mid-morning snack!
Solva offers some of the most spectacular views across St Brides Bay from the coast path that runs right through it. Heading North, it’s just under 5 miles from Solva to the stunning Caerfai bay, on the outskirts of St Davids city. It’s a leisurely clifftop walk that takes in the classic Pembrokeshire seascapes, the dramatic iron age hillfort at Porth y Rhaw, the maroon stone of Caer Bwdy Bay and views towards the islands of Skomer and Skokholm. We’re pretty sure you’ll catch sight of some of the islands’ residents, too – take your binoculars to spot kittiwakes, gulls and the famous manx shearwaters.
It’s not just Solva that has great food options – check out these places for a super satisfying lunch on your day out.
The Meadow is a wholesome, sustainable and creative cafe in the heart of St Davids, offering healthy, delicious food and great coffee! There are gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options galore here, including our favourite chocolate brownies. They even make their own soap from coffee grinds – lovely!
Another fascinating lunch spot is Oriel y Parc cafe, situated inside the city’s crescent-shaped visitor centre and art gallery. The cafe’s open for breakfasts, lunches and treats from 09:30am until 4:30pm.
Visiting Pembrokeshire without having a dip in the sea is like going to Lapland and not saying hi to Santa – it’s a must! We suggest, then, that you spend an adventurous afternoon trying out one of Pembrokeshire’s many watersports options.
A mile north of St Davids is the glorious sandy cove of Whitesands, with its views across to Ramsey island and ideal location for catching some Irish sea waves – perfect for surf lessons with Ma Simes Surf School.
A little further north is the famous Blue Lagoon at Abereiddy, accessible via a ten-minute bus journey – catch the 404 Strumble Shuttle from St Davids. Here you can team up with Man Up Uk who offer coasteering, which basically means you get to swim, climb and dive from coastal cliffs around a sea-claimed sunken mine, pretending you’re 007!
Make your way back towards Solva via Middle Mill, a small hamlet just north of Solva, nestled into an ancient glacial valley. Here is the home of one of the more famous of Pembrokeshire’s many mills, Solva Woollen Mill – pop in to see their rich history and wonderful fabrics.
This pretty little fishing harbour has known many boats to have entered its sheltered anchorage over the centuries, from trawlers and lime transporters to smugglers ships, and it’s rumoured the occasional pirate visited here. Now it’s home to small sailing boats and the fishing boats of locals – take a walk at high tide along the harbour and watch them bob happily in the water.
Solva is well known for its fresh fish and seafood, so you’re in for a treat tonight! Book a table at the popular Cambrian Inn and choose from a delectable selection, including local seafood, Welsh lamb and Pembrokeshire Wagyu beef.
If you fancy an evening in after your exciting day out, then why not call in with Mrs Will the Fish to pick up one of her phenomenal seafood platters? Selections include crab, lobster, crevettes and prawns for an authentic taste of Solva!
After an action-packed day out in Solva and beyond, it’s time to fully appreciate your St Davids Escapes cottage – light the fire, pour a glass and relax in the comfort of your hand-picked, high quality holiday cottage. Bliss!
Haven’t booked your stay in Solva yet? Take a look at beautiful Harmon Vale, with beautiful sea views and private hot tub! This pet-friendly property sleeps 10 people spread out in the stylish open plan living room, five bedrooms, four contemporary bath/shower rooms and the icing on the cake. This Pembrokeshire cottage is perfect for celebrations – book now to avoid disappointment!