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This week, the news broke that Harbour Beach in Tenby, Pembrokeshire was named the most beautiful beach in Europe, beating off stiff competition from the likes of Croatia, Italy and Portugal. I know that there’s a few of us here at Sykes who’ve spent many a childhood summer holiday in Tenby and we were delighted to hear that it had been recognised in such a way. I for one wholeheartedly agree with this choice and for today’s blog post, we want to convince those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of visiting Tenby, why you should be rushing out to book a holiday in this pretty Welsh harbour town.

Tenby’s Beaches

Tenby beach

Tenby’s beaches, via Flickr

As well as being home to the newly crowned best beach in Europe, Tenby also boasts three other beautiful beaches: the North Beach, South Beach and Castle Beach. Along with Harbour Beach, they stretch out for a combined two and a half miles along the Pembrokeshire coastline. Harbour Beach is the smallest and most picturesque of the four, tucked under Tenby’s harbour between the medieval town and castle hill; its size and shelter makes it perfect for small children. The North Beach is east-facing, creating a glorious sandy sun-trap for beach-goers, which is enclosed and sheltered from the wind. The South Beach is the largest and stretches out along the coast for a mile and a half. There’s plenty of room on this beach for families to spread out and for beach games to be enjoyed without disturbing others, especially during low tide when there’s acres of sand available. Castle Beach can disappear altogether at high tide but during low tide, this cliff-backed beach is great for rock-pooling.

What else can you do in Tenby?


Tenby, via Flickr

As one of the most iconic seaside towns in Wales, Tenby has plenty to offer tourists. With its medieval walls, picturesque harbour and cobbled streets, Tenby is bursting with character and charm and was recently awarded a bronze award at the British Travel Awards for the best UK coastal resort. There’s an abundance of cafés, restaurants, pubs and shops and on a warm day, there’s nothing nicer than grabbing yourself a spot outside a café and watching the world go by against the delightfully quaint backdrop of Tenby. Another idea is to take a peaceful stroll around the harbour as the sun goes down. If you’re in search of something indoors then the National Trust’s Tudor Merchant’s House is well worth a visit, or the Tenby Museum and Art Gallery, which is the oldest independent museum in Wales.

What other things can you do nearby?

Caldey Island, Tenby

Caldey Island, via Flickr

Tenby is also a fantastic base from which to explore South Wales with easy access to plenty of fun-filled activities and days out. Children and adults alike will love Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo which was twice voted the winner of the Welsh Tourist Board’s ‘Best Day Out in Wales’ award. If your kids are the adventurous kind, then don’t miss The Dinosaur Park which is just a seven minute drive from the centre of Tenby. There’s a dinosaur trail, adventure playgrounds, daily fossil hunts and even a few rides, all of which are sure to keep your children entertained. If you’re after a bit of culture then you should definitely make sure you pay a visit to Caldey Island which lies just off the coast of Tenby. One of Britain’s Holy Islands, this serene place is chiefly inhabited by Cistercian monks and has a history dating back over 1,500 years. During the spring and summer, you can take a short boat ride from Tenby across to Caldey Island, where you’ll be able to explore this beautiful and remote place at your leisure.

Where to stay?

Holiday cottage in Tenby

Crown Cottage, Ref 10551

If this latest accolade has convinced you that your next holiday should be too beautiful Tenby then why not book one of our fantastic self-catering cottages in the area? Whether you’re after something cosy and romantic or spacious and pet friendly, we’ll have a holiday cottage in Tenby to suit you. To browse our Tenby cottages then please visit our website. If you have any other suggestions of places to visit in Tenby then don’t hesitate to get in touch with us via our Facebook or Twitter!

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