Coastal destinations do not come much more picture-perfect than Solva, a pretty fishing village in scenic South West Wales.

Book a stay in the charming harbour community this summer and you will discover why everyone from families and couples to walkers and those simply looking to recharge have fallen under its spell.

Here are 5 reasons why Solva in Pembrokeshire has everything you desire for a summer self-catering getaway with your family, partner, or friends…

  1. Solva is one of the “most beautiful villages in the UK and Ireland”

We have always known what a heavenly place Solva is. And the folk at Condé Nast Traveller agree – as they named it one of the 20 most beautiful villages in the UK and Ireland.

Nestled in a valley, just a few miles from St Davids, Solva features colourful cottages, a low-tide beach and captivating coastal walks. The village is essentially two parts, with Lower Solva being home to the harbour, low-tide beach and an array of pubs and shops, while Upper Solva offers stunning coastal views from its elevated position.

  1. It is a gateway to the Pembrokeshire Coast Path  

Solva sits in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, where one of the star attractions is the spectacular Pembrokeshire Coast Path.

If you are picking a section of the 186-mile trail, we recommend venturing up to the Gribin headland from Solva to savour views along the coast and across to St Brides Bay. From the Gribin you can walk down to Gwadn, a gorgeous, secluded cove.

And if you want to explore the coast path further, you will be rewarded with more stunning scenery and a chance to discover long sandy beaches, tiny hidden coves and quaint fishing villages.

  1. You will be in foodie heaven

Solva is blessed with a range of welcoming places to eat and drink, serving everything from freshly-caught seafood to homemade cakes and real ale.

Quench your thirst or satisfy your hunger at one of the four pubs dotted around the seaside village. The recently opened Hats & Barrels offers “honest Welsh fare” and has a large beer garden running down to the river. The 16th-century Cambrian Inn, meanwhile, features a relaxing lounge bar and stylish main dining room. Over at the Ship Inn you can enjoy craft beers and locally sourced dishes in the bar, restaurant or riverside beer garden. The fourth hostelry is the Harbour Inn, which sits right on the coast path.

For cafes, pop into 35 Main Street or the Café on the Quay. And for a takeaway with a difference, do not miss the fresh, locally caught seafood from Mrs Will the Fish.

Oh, and we absolutely love to treat ourselves to an ice cream from Pointz Castle in Penycwm, near Solva (and we are sure you will love it too!).

  1. There is no danger of getting bored 

We have already talked about the fantastic walks and foodie delights, so we thought we would share some of our other favourite things to do in Solva and across Pembrokeshire.

The simplest of pleasures can often be the most enjoyable and memorable. One of these is crabbing, and Solva Quay is a popular spot for this much-loved seaside activity. Another fun pastime is rockpooling, and there are plenty of opportunities for this on the many beaches you will find across Pembrokeshire.

For insight into a traditional Welsh craft, visit Solva Woollen Mill, just a mile from the village. Here, you can watch the weavers go about their work.

In Lower Solva you can browse the lovely range of art galleries and independent shops, like Seaforth Designs, Raul Speek Gallery and Window on Wales. In Upper Solva, Bayview Stores is a handy post office and convenience store, where you can stock up for preparing picnics and meals in your holiday home (look out for the shop’s humorous messages on its pavement signs!).

Solva is also within easy reach of all of Pembrokeshire’s other attractions, from exhilarating watersports like coasteering to historic castles and fun-packed theme parks.

  1. You can stay in comfort when you book a Solva holiday cottage 

Choose from our handpicked collection of Solva holiday cottages, ranging from romantic boltholes to large holiday homes sleeping up to nine.

Book a stay at No. 3 The Anchorage, for example, and you will enjoy wonderful sea views across St Brides Bay towards Newgale and Broad Haven. Sleeping four in two bedrooms, the attractive first-floor apartment sits in a peaceful area of Upper Solva and is within walking distance of the harbour.

A new addition to our portfolio is The Old Dairy, a beautiful character cottage that sits in a quiet rural location, just 1.5 miles from Solva. Sleeping four in two bedrooms, the charming holiday home is one of a set of converted farm buildings and is ideal for a break with your family or friends. Curl up in front of the cosy log burner on those cooler evenings and make lasting memories with your favourite people.

Book your summer cottage stay in Solva

Find your dream Solva holiday cottage and check availability here, or discover our other self-catering properties dotted across Pembrokeshire.

To find out more, call our team on 01437 702022 or email

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summer cottage holiday Solva Pembrokeshire
summer cottage holiday Solva Pembrokeshire
summer cottage holiday Solva Pembrokeshire
summer cottage holiday Solva Pembrokeshire