View from Porthclais
If there is one place in the world that I love it is the quirky, little city that is St Davids in Pembrokeshire. From a young age I spent two weeks in a caravan every summer with my family in this little slice of heaven, and as an adult I was lucky enough to be able to re-visit this summer. Technically, St Davids is a city, but in reality it is the size of village or small town. On the south westerly coast of Wales it has all the amenities you could wish for: wonderful pubs and restaurants with fresh seafood, gorgeous beaches, stunning coastal walks, and extreme sports and activities.
My husband and I rent a gorgeous little cottage nestle right in the centre of St Davids complete with its very own covered well. The cottage lies at the back of the owner’s house and has its own garden and parking space – imperative in a town where parking is a rarity! It had everything we needed, a little galley kitchen, bathroom and two bedrooms. Our friends joined us for a few days at beginning of the week and our hosts we extremely courteous of helping to accommodate them.
The town itself has a variety of bustling shops, pubs and restaurants. It also boasts in my opinion one of the most wonderful cathedrals. This impressive building is set down in a deep sloop, so the Viking invaders couldn’t see it from the coast. The result is a spectacular view down over the Cathedral and ruins of the bishop’s palace, where plays are held during the Arts Festival in the summer. We were lucky enough to be there during the festival and saw a great performance of a comedy of errors.
A short drive down the road leads you to Whitesands beach, a beautiful blue flag beach with a café and full set of lifeguards. We had a lot of fun body boarding in the waves – even if the sea was a bit nippy!
This area has no shortage of beaches and we enjoyed a walk around Caerfai beach, a ten-minute walk from St Davids, along the coastal path to the harbour of Porthgain. The weather wasn’t the best but we had some spectacular views over the ocean and the harbour itself.
We sampled the delicious fresh seafood while in the coast, especially in the Farmers Arms pub in St Davids and the The Sloop at Porthclais. The food at these two establishments is particularly scrumptious and I would recommend them to anyone visiting the area! We also visited the Tyr Y Felin Hotel restaurant for a gourmet meal. I really wanted to try out the restaurant here as when I was younger it was a large but run down building that the adventure company TY Adventures ran out of. When I heard it had been sold and bought by a hotel company I was excited to see the transformation. Luckily, they have chosen to restore the beautiful building and give it a modern twist that is fantastic. The food was wonderful and definitely gourmet – complete with tiny portion sizes! However, the quality and taste of the food was exquisite and worth a visit – you just might need a quick stop at the fish and chip shop on your way home.
Overall we had a fabulous week in St Davids and I enjoyed showing my husband all the places I spend such a wonderful time at during my childhood.