Tenby and Saundersfoot
Britain’s only coastal National Park covers about a third of the county, and its 187-mile seafront manages to be both wildly beautiful and crammed with things to do. Tenby, for instance, a perfect harbour town with medieval castle walls, is an idyllic holiday base. There’s always plenty of space on its big beaches, and if you really want to get away, you can take a mackerel-fishing trip from the harbour, or nip across to meet the monks on Caldey Island.
Beautiful beaches and lots of activities
Head along the south coast and brilliant beaches come thick and fast. Barafundle regularly wins ‘best beach in Britain’ gongs. Freshwater West is great for surfers and film-makers (it’s where they did those Harry Potter beach scenes, so you can visit the spot where Dobby met his end). Not to be outdone, Marloes Sands recently co-starred with Kristen Stewart in the epic Snow White and the Huntsman.
Then it’s on to Skomer Island, a bird sanctuary of world importance, where you can take a boat out to picnic among the puffins. Or how about horse-riding on the beach at Druidstone, or bodyboarding at Newgale? A shockingly fast rib-ride around Ramsey Island? A pilgrimage to the wonderful cathedral at St Davids?
The further north you go in Pembrokeshire, the wilder and Welsher it gets. Here’s where coasteering was invented, the fabulous sport of clambering, climbing and lobbing yourself into the waters of Blue Lagoon at Abereiddy where, in 2012, the Red Bull Cliff Diving championships were held.
From here, head up past hidden beaches like Abermawr (there's a lovely circular walk exploring the nearby woodland), up through Fishguard to Dinas Head, the highest point on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, which has another fabulous circular walk. From here you can see the pretty village of Newport, Pembrokeshire which is a popular summer holiday destination.
We’ve talked about the coast so much, we haven’t even mentioned the amazing inland attractions – places like Oakwood, Bluestone, Folly Farm, Heatherton activity park, Castell Henllys Iron Age Village, Carew Castle and Tidal Mill.
We haven’t touched on the brilliant restaurants, notably in Newport, St Davids, Solva and Narberth, or Pembrokeshire Fish Week.