A Holiday cottage in Solva is the perfect location for a memberable holiday.
This harbour village can answer all of your holiday needs.
Guide to Solva
A self catering holiday in Solva
Is to experience true harbour village life. Picture sitting on a terrace in shorts and a jumper, eating lobster that’s been caught that day just outside the harbour that glistens at sunset, and listening to the kids talk about their rockpool discoveries that day.
Visit Solva for a taste of the idyllic slow pace of life, secret coves dotted along the stunning coast, and easy access to St Davids and it has to offer. Self catering in Solva is ideal, since the food scene is so fantastic, from fresh seafood sold in the local shop or beautifully prepared in the restaurants, to the best burgers you’ll ever eat and everything in between.
The tiny village is home to no less than 4 pubs, each with its own unique offering, and that’s not to mention the cafes, restaurants, galleries and independent shops there are to experience.
THINGS TO DO IN SOLVA
Go CrabbingAll you need for hours of fun in Solva is a crabbing line, a bucket and some bacon. Head to the quay at high tide and discover the joys of crabbing – guaranteed to entertain adults as well as the kids!
Visit Solva Woollen MillWalk for a mile along Solva river through the lush valley and you’ll come to the oldest working woollen mill in Pembrokeshire. Watch the weavers at work, enjoy a coffee next to the water wheel and browse the beautiful shop full of local products as well as their own rugs.
Go ShoppingSolva's Main Street is a treasure trove of lovely, independent shops. From The Little Bee House selling all things honey related, to The Sail Loft Gallery with its beautiful gallery. It's so easy to while away a good few hours browsing the Solva shops
Try Solva GinCreated by the Edge festival, this hand crafted Welsh gin that shares hints of bergamot, black tea and gorse flower, with juniper at the fore. All proceeds go towards the village’s biggest festival. Fantastic live music, local street food vendors, bars and a swimming event make the Edge and Solva Gin events not to be missed.
Fresh SeafoodYou can't get fresher than a local crab sandwich at The Old Pharmacy Tea Room. Or try a Seafood Platter from Mrs Will The Fish who prepares locally caught crab and lobster for you to enjoy back in your cottage.
Walk the Coastal PathEnjoy a walk around the beautiful harbour and head out on the Coastal Path towards St Davids or Newgale. Soak up the unspoilt coastal scenery and amazing views
BEST BEACHES IN AND AROUND SOLVA
The Gwadn is only accessible by foot or water, and so is almost always quiet. At low tide walk around the corner from Solva beach, or on a high walk over the Gribin. Days spent here with a picnic and some nets for rock pooling are a slice of heaven.
Solva Harbour Beach
Solva Harbour is the best of both worlds. At high tide the quay comes alive with fishing and sailing boats, families crabbing and people swimming and kayaking from the slipway. At low tide the expansive beach is revealed, giving plenty of space for walkers, sunbathers and rock poolers alike!
A short drive or a couple of miles on the coast path brings you to Pointz Castle, a cove straight out of a children’s book. Plenty of nooks in the cliff means that even if you don’t have the beach to yourselves it can easily feel like it. Climb up the hill from the beach and you’ll arrive at Pointz Castle Ice Cream, serving some of the best ice cream around made right there on the farm!
BEST WALKS IN AND AROUND SOLVA
The coast path around Solva boasts some of our favourite views, and with the river running through the village, there’s some lovely inland walking to be done too!
This walk is most definitely best done with a picnic and swimming stuff in your bag! Walk over the Gribin from the harbour, stopping to take in the panoramic view of Solva and St Brides Bay from the top, before descending to the sun trap that is Gwadn beach.
The Bluebell Woods
Nestled at the bottom of the village and hugging the river are the Bluebell Woods, so named after the flowers that cover every inch of the ground at springtime, making this walk extra special.
Solva to Newgale
This walk covers a particularly stunning stretch of coast path, ending at the beautiful stretch of sand at Newgale. Sit and watch the surfers or enjoy a well earned pint at The Duke of Edinburgh!
WHERE ARE THE BEST PLACES TO EAT IN SOLVA?
Self catering in Solva gives you the freedom to enjoy the incredible food scene. Here’s our ideal day eating in Solva.
For breakfast head to Mamgu Welshcakes for their Full Welsh, complete with homemade Leek and Cheese Welshcakes. The coffee is delicious too!
For a picnic lunch, you can’t go wrong at Bay View Stores at the top of the village. The shelves are packed with fantastic local produce, freshly baked bread and dressed local crab. Or for the best fish and chips in Solva, stop in at 35 Main Street and enjoy them with a Solva Gin on the terrace overlooking the river.
Take afternoon tea at the Old Pharmacy Tea Rooms (their crab sandwiches are also famous!) before booking a table for dinner at The Cambrian Inn, home to The Fat Range of burgers alongside other gourmet pub classics. Or order a seafood platter from Mrs Will the Fish and enjoy on the beach or back at your cottage.