We might be more famous for our epic coast path and world-class beaches, but some the lovely little coastal towns that dot our shores are worthy of equal recognition. Nestled in peaceful inlets, tucked into ancient foothills and skirting vast estuaries, they’re as charming as they are picturesque. As you travel around the coastline, don’t forget to stop and grab a bite to eat, wander around craft shops and galleries and revel in the slower pace of life in some of the best coastal villages in Pembrokeshire.
To the North…
About 7 miles north of St Davids is the village of Porthgain. Many visitors discover this tiny hamlet while walking one of the most popular sections of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path between Porthgain and Abereiddy. Porthgain’s industrial past is evident in the imposing remains of the old stone quarry that tower over the harbour. If you’re an avid foodie, this village should definitely be on your list of places to eat out – The Sloop Inn and The Shed Bistro are renowned eateries where you’ll find some of the best fish and seafood in the area.
Carry on further up the coast and you’ll find Newport, a charming small town/large village huddled between the steep slopes of the Preseli Hills and the wide, sandy Nevern estuary. If you love arts and craft shops, great food, hanging out on the beach, hillwalking or birdwatching, Newport is the place to go for all and any of the above. Its beautiful setting and friendly, laid atmosphere make it a popular stop on a tour of northern Pembrokeshire.
To the South…
Ten minutes south of St Davids by car (or an hour and ten minutes on foot if you feel like a scenic walk) you’ll find the tranquil village of Solva. Often found on a Pembrokeshire postcard, it’s most famous vista is looking down from the town at the narrow harbour where colourful fishing boats bob on the tide. The harbour wall is a favourite place to sit and relax, watch the local fishermen coming and going or enjoy a spot of crabbing. Explore the paths along the stunning headland where Solva sits and you’ll also find old lime kilns and the remnants of Iron Age settlements.
Further down the coast from Solva, at the bottom end of the sweeping St Brides Bay, is the pretty fishing village of Little Haven. It’s often said that this village has a distinct Cornish vibe to it. If you time it right with the tides, the harbour and adjoining beach are a pleasant place to take a lazy wander and enjoy some fresh sea air. Although Little Haven is as bijou as its name suggests, there are a couple of lovely pubs in the village where you can enjoy a meal and admire the stunning views with a drink or two.
Camping in Pembrokeshire
Of course, there are many more charming coastal villages to explore as you travel around Pembrokeshire. We’ve just started you off with a few of our personal favourites that are easily reachable from our campsite near St Davids. Wherever you end up, you’re sure to find friendly locals, quirky shops, great food and gorgeous views.
If you want to book a pitch at Rhosson Ganol camping for your tent, camper van or caravan – or you fancy trying a bit of glamping – hop over to our online booking page! Summer’s here and Pembrokeshire’s lovely coastal villages are waiting!