Tenby is the poster child of Pembrokeshire and a fantastic place to start your exploration of this incredible region. With three beaches and a pretty harbour, it is a lively town with a good variety of shops, cafes and pubs. The pastel coloured townhouses that line the seafront are reminiscent of Fondant Fancies and make it immediately recognisable as a beach resort town.
The Tenby Lifeboat Station lets visitors see rescue boats up close and gives a great insight into the workings behind this vital service, and you can find out more about how the ocean and harbour have played such a vital role in the town's past at Tenby Museum. Down a steeply cobbled alleyway between the harbour and the town's main street is the wonderfully preserved Tudor Merchant's House, or walk around the ruins of Tenby Castle and the remarkably intact medieval town walls to enjoy fantastic views towards Caldey Island.
Stretch Your Legs along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail
The Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail goes from Amroth to St Dogmaels, covering 186 miles of breathtaking coastline. As you walk along you will spot a multitude of birds and fauna and may even, depending on the time of year, be able to see dolphins and seals as well. The path passes rocky outcrops and expansive sandy beaches, hidden coves and estuaries teeming with wildlife.
If you walked the Pembrokeshire Coast Path in its entirety, you would scale 35,000 feet - a height almost equivalent to that of Mount Everest! A more popular option is to break the path into smaller sections and take advantage of the regular bus service, with quirky routes such as the Puffin Shuttle, Strumble Shuttle and Poppit Rocket. Plan your route here to find the nearest bus stop to pick you up or drop you back to the town nearest to your holiday cottage. Wales is one of the few, and the first, country to have a coastal path that wraps around the nation's complete coastline.
Sandcastles, Surfing and ...Pirates!
Pembrokeshire receives more than four million visitors every year, two million of them who only come for the day to enjoy Pembrokeshire's fantastic beaches. Pembrokeshire has dozens of beaches, and if the cliffs could talk, they would tell tales not only of puffins and surfers but of pirates and Vikings.
Some beaches, like Saundersfoot, Freshwater West and Broad Haven are wide golden stretches of shoreline ideal for building sandcastles, playing games and paddling in the surf. Others, like Barafundle Bay, require a little more effort to reach but repay the effort with a pristine setting that has remained unchanged for generations.
Pirates frequently used Caldey Island as a place to stop and unload their booty before transporting it to the shore at beaches like Solva. In fact, some of Britain's most infamous pirates, including Morgan the Terrible and Black Bart ("Barti Ddu") were born in Pembrokeshire. The caves and tunnels now so exciting to explore were once a place for storing and moving contraband, as you can tell by the names of places like Brandy Brook near Haverfordwest.
Everything Old is New(port) Again
Newport is enjoying a rise in popularity as a repeat holiday destination, especially for families and couples who appreciate its relaxed, timeless charm. Delightfully unfussy, the regular crowd are torn between boasting about all the things that make it so wonderful - the delicious local meat sold by the independent butcher, the friendly local pub around which so much village socialising is based, or the pleasure of swimming across the River Nevern to Traeth Mawr - or keeping it secret for a few more generations.
There are some fantastic walks nearby, including up Mynydd Carningli and the Mountain of Angels, which offers 360-degree panoramic views.