St Davids is the UK’s smallest city, both in terms of its size and population. It’s also a great base from which to explore some of the many incredible beaches and coastal areas in this beautiful part of Wales.
I’m lucky that my BF’s family have a pretty bad-ass caravan which we use as our base whenever we need few days of beach walks and chippy teas. We always feel so lucky to be blessed with beautiful views of the Cathedral, like this…
And this is Whitesands Beach:
And this place – the Blue Lagoon in Abereiddy – is where they hold the Red Bull cliff diving competitions every year:
It’s pretty gorgeous, right?
If you’re keen on exploring the lovely beaches and coastlines found around these parts for yourself, here’s my quick guide to some of the nicest places to eat, play, and stay, in and around St Davids.
Where to stay
- Porthclais camp site – Chosen by the Independent Newspaper last year as one of fifty best camping sites in the British Isles. One of only two in Pembrokeshire, covering 24 acres for tents and one field of 5 acres for touring caravans and camper vans.
- Penrhiw Hotel – The luxe option, Penrhiw sits within a short walk of St Davids Cathedral and Whitesands Bay. You can stay on a bed and breakfast basis or take exclusive hire of the whole thing if you’ve got money to spend!
- Air BnB – There are a number of fab Air BnB properties in or near St Davids, like this gorgeous stone cottage that sleeps six people. If you’ve never used Air BnB before, sign up with this link to get £15 off your first trip.
Where to play
- The Blue Lagoon – a former slate quarry that was active up until 1910, before being abandoned and flooded. Now it’s a hub for all sorts of adventure sports, including diving, coasteering and wonderful walks. The Red Bull cliff diving competitions have been held here a few times.
- Whitesands Beach – One of my favourite childhood beaches, this is also one of the best surfing beaches in the country. On busy days there are canoeists, surfers and body boarders competing for the best waves – I prefer to hide out on the dunes with a picnic!
- St Justinians Lifeboat Station – Head here for a Ramsey Island Boat Trip, where you can spot Atlantic Grey Seals and Harbour Porpoises along with a multitude of seabirds. I love this trip!
- St Davids Cathedral – The present cathedral as it stands was begun sometime between 1180 and 1182 and is the culmination of centuries of rebuilding and expansion. Constructed in the Transitional Norman style using fine-grained, purple Cambrian sandstone, it is a breathtaking sight, and hugely popular with tourists.
- Solva Harbour – A pretty place for a pint, Solva is a tiny village with a wide selection of cafes, restaurants and pubs to explore. There are also art galleries, delis and gift shops to browse, and a good selection of B&Bs, guesthouses and self catering accommodation on offer.
Where to eat
- Try the mussels & chips from The Farmers Arms or the crab sandwich from The Bishops – perfect summer pub food.
- Pick up dressed crab from the nearby Solva Seafoods and eat in on the beach.
- Head to Grub Kitchen – the first restaurant in Wales that explores the practice of eating insects as part of an overall sustainable ethos. The grasshopper burgers are delicious!
- Find Dusty Knuckle‘s summer pop-up in the backyard of TYF (in the centre of St Davids) for award-winning, wood-fired pizzas.
- Try The Meadow for brunch – they are a new, sustainable cafe with a focus on great food. They also run an awesome sounding ‘Yoga Brunch’ with a cheek-flushing coastal walk thrown in.
Know any other places I should be checking out in this part of town? Let me know in the comments below 🙂