Park up at Porthclais' pretty harbour and sketch boats, lime kilns and cottages on the headland. Secure a spot at the end of the harbour and find inspiration in rugged coastal views while enjoying the wonderful light that often illuminates the rich blue of the ocean and deep green grass of the clifftops.
This spectacular coastline boasts a view of Ramsey Island, a popular spot with wildlife lovers who flock to see birds, whales and dolphins. Take a walk along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path for 360 degree views and position yourself at the end of the headland looking inland to capture St Justinian’s wooden red and white lifeboat station – a fantastic focal point.
St Davids Head
St Davids Head offers dramatic coastal views in all directions, as well as clear shallow waters and a wonderful sandy beach scene. The rugged and spiritual spot is bathed in a lovely light and fantastic rock formations provide another focal point for artists who enjoy the exhilaration of coastal sketching.
The Blue Lagoon at Abereiddi
Climb up and around the hillside at Abereiddi Bay to reach the Blue Lagoon, a former slate quarry that has been flooded by neighbouring sea waters. Depending on the time of day, the waters can appear anywhere between rich jade, pale green, bright cyan and deep blue, making it a beautiful spot to try to capture colour. It is popular with divers and coasteerers, so you might get to see people making a splash. The ruined quarry buildings on top of the cliffs make a lovely break between land and sky.
If you’re a fan of 14th century architecture, head to the Bishop's Palace, an ecclesiastical ruin on the edge of St Davids. Set amongst lush green grounds, the enduring grandeur of the imposing ruins testifies to the power of the church during the Middle Ages. Close to shops, cafes, pubs and art galleries, you can easily make a day of it.
The St Davids and Solva Art Group is made up of local artists. They hold regular exhibitions in the area, capturing the rugged but serene beauty of the Pembrokeshire coastline. Their artwork is for sale via the website, and a percentage of profits go to local charities.
There are plenty of lovely places to stay in the area and channel some artistic inspiration - from smart town centre apartments to cosy, remote cottages. Search for accommodation near St Davids.