A romantic break in West Wales is perfect for unwinding and relaxing – and there’s no better place to unwind than in the boutique town of Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire. The green countryside and nearby towns make a weekend here truly special.

Day 1 - Morning: Llandelio

Base yourself in picturesque Llandeilo, nestling between the Black Mountains and the Towy Valley. Built on a hill, the town is lined with pretty pastel coloured houses and overlooked by the romantic ruins of Dinefwr Castle. Start your day by wandering Llandeilo’s hub of independent shops, boutiques, antique shops, galleries, delis, cafes and restaurants. Make sure to pop into Heavenly, an exquisite chocolatier and ice cream producer.

Feeling hungry? Housed in a Grade II listed Georgian building, the Cawdor Hotel in Llandeilo serves a mixture of traditional and innovative dishes using locally sourced food. The restaurant is in a Georgian panelled room, which makes it feel extra fancy.

Afternoon: Carreg Cennen Castle

Prepare to be impressed. Carreg Cennen Castle stands magnificently high above the green lands of Carmarthenshire. It’s a bit of a steep climb, but you’ll be rewarded with a dramatic clifftop location and 60-mile panoramic views of the Black Mountains and surrounding area. It’s simply one of Wales’ most stunning views from a castles.

Feeling hungry? Ty Mawr Country House in the Carmarthen countryside is a wonderful restaurant for an evening meal. The menu changes daily as it is strongly influenced by seasonal local produce. Delights include griddled organic Welsh lamb with garden-fresh wild garlic and Halen Mon salted caramel and Belgian chocolate tart.

Couple walking with castle in the background
Boy and girl walking through arched doorway exploring castle ruins
Carreg Cennen Castle. Carmarthenshire

Day 2 - Morning: Tenby

A short drive through Carmarthenshire takes you to the seaside resort of Tenby. It’s easy to spend the whole day here, just walking around the pretty harbour with its bobbing boats and strolling the streets lined with pastel-coloured houses. Relax on one of Tenby’s two beaches or take a boat trip to visit Caldey Island, go sealife spotting or fishing.

Feeling hungry? Try the Plantagenet House Restaurant, housed in one of the oldest buildings in Tenby. This quirky restaurant serves fresh Tenby-caught seafood and dishes made from local produce.

Tenby harbour at low tide with houses and Caldy Island in the background
Five Arches, Tenby
Tenby, Pembrokeshire

Afternoon: National Botanic Garden of Wales

If you fancy a change of scenery (although, can you ever get enough of Wales' extensive coastline and lush greenery?), visit the National Botanic Garden of Wales. The wow factor of this garden is the Great Glasshouse, where you will find a wide variety of exotic plants from places such as the Mediterranean, South America and Australia.

Feeling hungry? Y Polyn in Carmarthen features a menu full of local produce, including Carmarthen ham and coracle-caught Towy Sewin. The rustic presentation and good food makes for a charming evening out.

The Great Glass House at National Botanic Garden of Wales
National Botanic Garden, Carmarthenshire