We recently visited Pembrokeshire in Wales for the first time. Those beautiful beaches, a coastline that is totally different to what we have in Sussex. It’s certainly a trip that I have been wanting to take for a long time. The journey was longer than a usual day out. However it was all completely worth it when we visited two gorgeous places that were around us. Last week, I wrote about the Bluestone Resort but the beaches we saw are also well worth the journey to visit.
Only 12 miles away from the Bluestone Resort is the beautiful town of Tenby. Years ago, my stepson told me all about Pembrokeshire after he went on a camping trip in Tenby. He raved about it so much that I had been keen to take Emma! When we arrived, we walked down a big stairwell to arrive on the beach itself. The views were breathtaking; as we entered from a height with me clutching onto Emma, the Pembrokeshire coastline that I read about was right in front of me. Such a wide open sandy beach, with quaint pastel coloured beach houses on the hill behind. The beach houses always remind me of Brighton but the beach was like none we had visited. Emma was absolutely in her element and for the first time, didn’t run full pelt for the sea – I suppose because the beach was so big!
As she ambled towards the sea, spotting seashells and stones along the way, I marvelled at how she seemed like a dot in the distance. Being by the sea will always be the easiest way to entertain Emma. As soon as she sees the water, she instantly becomes calmer. So we just stared at the blue sea and then later drew her name in the sand. This beautiful Pembrokeshire beach was sandy too, something Emma is not used to! The houses up on the hill were so typically ‘seaside’, exactly as I’d imagined it to be. Afterwards we went for a little beachside lunch, feeling ever so slightly exhausted from all that sea air.
Before we set off on our trip, my bloggy friend Dawn of Rhyming With Wine gave me some tips on what to visit in Pembrokeshire. I hadn’t realised but Dawn is a bit of an expert on the area and Visit Wales should really have her on commission! One of the gems she told me about was Barrafundle Bay. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but it completely blew me away. As we walked towards the bay, it reminded me so much of a holiday we took to Capri years back – so secluded and unspoiled beauty.
We picked a particularly sunny day to visit and as we peered over the bay, the blue sea was glistening. It was beyond beautiful and I’m so glad we made the trip, despite a bit of sat nav trouble. After we had seen the gorgeous view, surely one of Pembrokeshire’s finest – we had a cheeky ice lolly together. This was Emma’s very first Mini Milk, which she ate so slowly that it dripped everywhere. A sign of things to come…
I’m sure there are many more beaches to visit in Pembrokeshire than we weren’t able to fit in. But these two beaches are ones we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend with young families and toddlers. I hope it’s not too long til we are back in Wales, I can’t believe how long it has taken us to make the trip!
Disclaimer: We were invited to stay at Bluestone to review their mid-week 4 night stay and while we were there, we saw these beautiful beaches. All views and opinions are my own.