The county of Pembrokeshire sits on the south-westerly tip of Wales, surrounded by the coast on three sides. If you thought Wales was all sheep-filled fields and mountains, think again. You'll visit here and wonder why on earth you haven't been before. It is stunning, wild and bracing, with 186 miles of coastal path, where huge cliffs drop down into glorious sandy beaches, caves and rock pillars. Americas 'National Geographic Traveller' rated the Pembrokeshire coast as one of the top two coastal destinations in the world. In the world!
There are over 50 beaches along the coastline in Pembrokeshire and wherever you go you won't be disappointed. There is Broad Haven - a large sheltered beach, which is very safe for swimming and popular with families or Tenby, a superb sandy beach with the pinnacle of Goskar rock sticking out of the sand. Or try Barafundle Bay, a delightfully pretty cove with crystal clear waters, back by dunes and pine trees. Watersports enthusiasts will love Freshwater West for surfing, Dale for sailing and Newgale for kitesurfing.
There are also many heritage sites to explore, such as Pentre Ifan, the Stone Age remains of a burial chamber. It is extraordinary to look at - a 5 metre capstone balanced precariously on three upright stones, and the outline frames the Preseli Hills above. Or visit Castell Henllys Iron Age Village; an open air museum where you can get a flavour of life in the Iron age by grinding flour and making bread in the replica roundhouse.
Take a trip to Skomer Island, a beautiful nature reserve where you can see puffins that nest in their thousands from May to July. You will also see loads of other amazing wildlife here - owls, seals and dolphins - and the wardens on the island will help out with any animal or bird spotting. During spring time Skomer is completely covered in bluebells so vast in number that the entire island appears blue!
I haven't even got to talking about the castles. There are lots. From the romantic ruins of Cilgerran castle to the huge fortress-like Pembroke Castle, to the stunning waterside Carew Castle, make sure you find where these gems are and pay them a visit.
Pembrokeshire is an incredible place for a family holiday and somewhere you will visit again and again.
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