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Solva, so good: Pembrokeshire village is one of Britain’s most beautiful

Solva, an old, enchanting fishing village on the Pembrokeshire coastline, boasts a beautiful, scenic harbour and is probably best described as a coveted coastal gem.

Its stunning setting and colourful main street has helped earn it a spot on Condé Nast Traveller’s list of the United Kingdom’s 20 most exquisite towns and villages. 

This idyllic locale truly encapsulates the quintessential Welsh allure, with its picturesque harbour nestled along the breathtaking Pembrokeshire coastline, and a collection of the most charming houses you can imagine. It’s no wonder that Solva is hailed as one of the most magnificent destinations you can experience.

Condé Nast say that “Even on the greyest day Solva adds a flash of colour to the Pembrokeshire coast, with its brightly painted cottages”, they go one to suggest that you should “Take the plunge off the harbour wall at high tide and scale The Gribin – a rocky headland at the entrance to the harbour – for views along the coast and across to St Brides Bay. When the sun does shine, arm yourself with an ice cream from Pointz Castle before grabbing a spot on the beach to watch the sun go down with a takeaway fish platter (go for the dressed crab and lobster) from Mrs Will the Fish.”

In addition to these destinations, you’ll find Window on Wales, a shop brimming with exquisite arts and crafts spanning three floors. Cafe on the Quay offers a perfect spot to bask in the summer sun, observing the lively harbor activity below. And don’t forget the Cambrian Inn. Some have drawn comparisons between this charming locale and Salcombe in Devon

And it seems that the hoards of visitors who flock to this sheltered cove wholeheartedly agree. Solva exudes an enchanting ambiance that makes it an ideal haven for residents, offering ample opportunities to immerse oneself in its serene atmosphere. 

Despite The Times dubbing it one of Britain’s “poshest” villages, it remains a dream destination for tourists, with numerous picture-perfect spots to capture truly Instagram-worthy photos.