Holidays in West Wales
Showering its glory over the beauty of the Pembrokeshire coast, lies the small city of St David’s. This beautiful city is set alongside the stunning South West coastline, and brings a natural charm and radiance to the Welsh landscape. The historical city is a great place to visit for a weekend break with the family, or as a holiday for two. Named after the patron Saint of Wales, St David’s is the smallest City in Britain, and since 1972, has been recognised as a conservation area. Its prime location enables holiday makers the opportunity to explore many other picturesque villages in this area, and is also abundant with many restaurants and shops.
St David chose this wild, beautiful region as the site of his monastery in the 6th century and you will find his shrine in the purple-stoned cathedral, which nestles inconspicuously in a grassy hollow beneath the rooftops of the tiny city. St David’s Cathedral, a spectacular piece of architecture dates from 1176 and the nave has three centuries of craftsmanship lavished upon it, and is a main attraction in itself. A visit to the Cathedral is not to be missed, take a tour around the building and experience a walk through the past, as you are escorted back to ancient times. The Nave holds an overwhelming presence and will awe you with the powerful atmosphere that it portrays. After exploring, visit the Tower Gatehouse and Bell Tower to see the original 15 – foot high wall that once enclosed the entire city. It is here that you can learn more about the history of the Cathedral in the large exhibition, and information on daily worship. The Cathedral also has a small gift shop, and a chance to dine in the atmosphere of peace and solitude with the new refectory. The restaurant was added to the “Which best restaurant guide”, in 2010, and is a beautiful tranquil space, where you can enjoy a light meal and refreshments.
The Bishops palace is another ancient ruin directly opposite the Cathedral, and also features some stunning architectural qualities, and local historical interest.
Around the town there are many splendid walkways and alleys all leading to different boutique shops, and quaint gardens filled with vivid colours and blossoming trees. Call into “Taylors” gift shop, for some unusual gifts, or if you fancy treating yourself, pop into “St David’s Therapies” for a unique experience of reflexology, aromatherapy and even Hungarian mud treatments!
The breathtaking beach of Whitesands Bay is a two minute drive from the City centre, and is one of the most distinctive beaches within Pembrokeshire. Take a walk to the waters edge, along the silky sand, and gaze across at the blue haze that appears in front of your eyes. Lively waves crash against the vibrant rocks, and make it a great place for surfing, and other water sports, it is also the perfect spot to watch a spectacular theatrical display of vivid colours, as the sun disappears behind the dark silhouettes of the Pembrokeshire Mountains.
St David’s Golf club is also close by, and is a great day out for golf enthusiasts, giving you the chance to play a great sport, with the glory of the Welsh countryside around you.
A short twenty minute drive will bring you into the small fishing village of Fishguard, a picturesque village also along the coastline, offering up a great range of gift shops, coastal views over rocky outcrops, and some good old fashioned fish and chips, which you can enjoy whilst gazing out at the harbour.