Ian Smith and family visit Tenby
Pembrokeshire: a first time visit
First time Pembrokeshire visitor, Ian Smith, shares his thoughts on his experience in our wonderful county.
“I have just returned from a week in Tenby, my 1st ever visit. The question I have asked myself constantly is why did it take me 55 years to spend time in this fabulous town?
Perhaps I was put off by the reputation that Wales has for being wet; but why? In meteorological terms, Tenby is pretty much next door to Devon!
We were a party of 5; 2 adults and 3 teenage children (14, 16 and 17) and we unquestionably had one of our best holidays ever. That the sun shone all week was of course a big part of it, but even without that, there is so very much that Tenby and Pembrokeshire can offer. We were welcomed with open arms wherever we went, we were not ripped off in any way at all – the prices of everything, everywhere were reasonable. The flower displays were truly impressive, particularly outside the pubs and there were more art galleries than amusement arcades.
I watched the lifeguards working; they were excellent, constantly looking and patrolling for people who may have got in difficulty in the water; I’m a strong swimmer but it was re-assuring to see how we, the visitors, were being cared for. We swum through the natural tunnel under St. Catherine’s Island and looked up at the nesting birds; unable to record by photography but committed firmly to memory. The beaches were very clean, the water also, and from what I could see very safe for small children. There was space for everyone on the beaches, for playing games, walking and of course for building the essential sand castles.
The coastal scenery was superb; the boat trips we took around the islands were excellent – informative and fun (in the case of the speedboat). We visited other beaches, Saundersfoot and the glorious Barafundle Bay (where the only man made things to be seen have been brought to the beach by its daily visitors).
The 5:30 sunrise over the Carmarthen Bay on Saturday morning was worth disturbing sleep for – priceless yet free. As we sat on the beach at the end of our holiday we remarked how it felt like we’d been abroad; it felt so different, so magical.