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Discover Solva

Solva lies on the north side of St Bride’s Bay in Pembrokeshire, West Wales, just over 3 miles south of St Davids. Lying on a deep ravine, it is naturally divided into two parts: Upper Solva, mainly modern development, and Lower Solva, a long shopping street ending in the harbour.

The harbour has transformed into a bustling hub for tourists interested in boating. Many maritime activities, such as sea trips, kayaking, dinghy sailing, and diving, are now available. The beach becomes a narrow strip at the inlet’s entrance during high tide. However, during low tide, the harbour completely dries out, except for a stream that runs through the centre. This stream provides endless hours of entertainment for those who enjoy catching fish, shrimp, and crabs using nets and buckets.

Additionally, there are numerous rock pools and caves to explore, and the shallow bathing areas are perfect for young children. When the tide is high, jumping off the harbour wall is a popular and enjoyable pastime.

An insider's guide to Solva

The main street stretches for a considerable distance and is brimming with exceptional shops, restaurants, and four pubs! You can buy fresh crab and lobster from Mrs Will the fish to return to your cottage or dine at 35 Main Street, where they serve the finest fish.

Enjoy cake at Café on the Quay, lunch at the Harbour Inn or partake in some Solva Gin. There’s plenty to choose from. Visit Solva Pottery or Bayview stores for some gifts.

The town also boasts a vibrant artistic community, with several galleries showcasing their work. One notable attraction is the Solva Woollen Mill, the oldest operational woollen mill in Pembrokeshire, boasting over a century of weaving expertise. Visitors can indulge by purchasing some exquisite fabrics at the onsite shop.

Memorable Solva Cottages

Whether you’re exploring Solva with your family, pets, or a partner, West Wales Holiday Cottages provides an array of self-catering accommodations that truly feel like a home away from home. From spacious beach houses and modern apartments to cosy cottages, our carefully selected lodgings are inviting, comfortable, and have been specially selected to enhance your getaway.

Solva is a haven for pet lovers, and we offer various pet-friendly options so nobody gets left behind.

Our favourite things to do in Solva

  • Strolling along the harbour eating ice cream
  • Having lunch in The Cambrian Inn
  • Eat freshly caught seafood 
  • Admiring the traditional blankets at Solva Woollen Mill 
  • Browsing Seaforth designs
  • Go crabbing 

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