Pembrokeshire and West Wales Guide
Pembrokeshire and West Wales are well known for their panoramic coastal scenery and award-winning beaches which have been designated as safe for bathing. There are big beaches, small beaches, sandy beaches, popular beaches and even beaches that are so remote that they can only be reached by foot!
Pembrokeshire also boasts Britain’s only coastal National Park, and one of only three in Wales (the others being Snowdonia and Brecon Beacons). The Pembrokeshire Coastal Path goes through the National Park and stands at an impressive 186 miles, going through the glorious countryside and along picturesque cliff tops.
Found within the Pembrokeshire National Park, St David’s was granted city status by Queen Elizabeth II. You may think that ‘city’ means a high population, but uniquely, it is the smallest city in Britain with a population of only around 1,600!
Pembrokeshire and West Wales is not only known for its sandy beaches, national park and various watersports, but also for its marine mammals. Cardigan Bay has the largest pod of dolphins in Europe, estimated at more than 250 after a dolphin baby boom! Bottlenose dolphins, harbour porpoises and Atlantic grey seals are the most popular mammals found within these waters. They aren’t shy when it comes to visitors, and if you go between April and November, this is the most likely time that you will find them frolicking in the sea. Although they can be seen from one of the many beaches that open out onto Cardigan Bay, there are many boat trips in the area which will take you up close and personal to these beautiful mammals.
No matter how long you stay in a Pembrokeshire self-catering cottage, your holiday will be full of activities that will keep all ages entertained.