The low down on the best last minute holiday destinations in Wales
For beach lovers, hill walkers, photographers, twitchers and more - Pembrokeshire offers a wealth of attractions and activities. Most of the coastline in Pembrokeshire has National Park status which means mile upon mile of unspoilt beaches, cliffs, harbour Towns and villages plus hidden coves and inlets to discover.
Here are our top Pembrokeshire destinations with handy links to last minute properties in their respective areas.
For such a small village in north Pembrokeshire St Dogmaels certainly packs in a great deal of history, pretty hillside houses and cottages all set along the bank of the Teifi Estuary. In the village you will discover the remains of an Abbey, a working mill and a handful of pubs and shops. Just a mile from St Dogmaels is the popular Poppit Sands beach where you will find a beach side cafe and over a mile of sandy beach backed by a small sand dunes.
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Nestled on the lower slopes of Carningli Mountain on the south bank of the Nevern Estuary, Newport started life as a Norman Town, there is still a castle sitting just above the Town and the streets still retain the original Norman layout. The name of Newport comes from the now old tidal harbour that can be found at the Parrog - once a busy port, it is now a picturesque boat lovers dream. Newport is fast becoming a foodie Town with many cafe's, restaurants and pubs all serving up a wealth of variety.
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Sitting atop a high cliff, Fishguard makes an ideal last minute destination. The Town has many shops, restaurants, cafe's and pubs to explore and the Town itself is steeped in history - the last French invasion took place just a few miles west of the Town. There are beautiful coastal views to enjoy and a visit to the pretty harbour at Lower Town is a must for any visitor to Fishguard.
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The UK's smallest City - with a population of just under 2000 you can see why! Famous for it's Cathedral, St David's is a very popular holiday destination with tourists flocking in during the summer months. There are a good range of independent retailers, cafe's, restaurants and pubs to choose from. Nearby the coastline here is dotted with lovely small beaches and hidden harbours just waiting for you to discover them.
Last Minute Cottages in and near St Davids
Situated in the very western reaches of Pembrokeshire, Broad Haven sits behind one of Pembrokeshire's most splendid sandy beaches. This busy little village packs quite a punch when it comes to being a tourist destination. You can also walk some lovely sections of the all Wales Coast Path - head north to walk towards Newgale, Solva and St Davids or south for the pretty villages of Little Haven and Marloes.
Last Minute Cottages in and near Broad Haven
With one of Wales' best surviving Castles, Pembroke is not just a great holiday destination - the locals flock there too for the events held in the Castle grounds and just to wander around the pretty Town centre. A few miles out of Town and you could find yourself at Bosherston Lily Ponds, Freshwater West beach (popular with surfers) or having a whale of a time at Oakwood Theme Park.
Last Minute Cottages in and near Pembroke
A popular shopping destination, you'll find the main street in Narberth fascinating. There are independent retailers galore, galleries, pubs, cafe's and restaurants to explore and being in the heart of Pembrokeshire also means that pretty much all of Pembrokeshire is less than an hours drive away.
Last Minute Cottages in and near Narberth
A great destination for garden lovers, mountain bikers and beach lovers alike, Carmarthenshire has it all. There are the Botanic Garden of Wales and Aberglasney Gardens for the garden lovers, Brechfa Mountain and Forests for the mountain bikers and Pendine Sands and Cefn Sidan beaches for those that love being at the beach.
The main Town of Carmarthen has all the amenities that you could want and the small Towns of Llandeilo, Kidwelly and Llandovery have a charm all of their own. Carmarthenshire is also a great County for Castle lovers with 9 Castles all within a 50 mile radius.
Steeped in history, Laugharne is a favourite with Dylan Thomas fans. There is also a ruined castle to explore and a selection of pubs, cafe's, restaurants and shops. All set in an estuary position in the south of Carmarthenshire.
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Popular on the art and antique trails, Llandeilo is also home to Dinefwr Park - a National Nature Reserve, historic house and also houses the remains of Dinefwr Castle. A few miles south east from Llandeilo is the majestic Carreg Cennen Castle which is dramatically perched on a hill top offering fine views of the Brecon Beacons.
Last Minute Cottages near Llandeilo
Ceredigion / Cardigan Bay
Beaches, the Ceredigion Coast Path and the Cambrian Hills are all within driving distance of wherever you choose to take a last minute holiday in Ceredigion. Head to the coast in the north or the south of the County for the sandy beaches, the coast path and for dolphin spotting. Inland you'll find the Cambrian Hills where you can experience mile upon mile of hill walking with spectacular views, you'll also see red kites in abundance in these hills which are also known as the desert of Wales. On their eastern side, you will find the Elan Valley - well worth a day trip to see the ornate reservoirs in their beautiful valley setting.
If you're coming to Wales to see coracles then Cenarth is the places to be, this pretty little riverside village is home to the National Coracle Museum. Cenarth is also know for its water falls - don't expect Niagara, but they can be quite exhilarating to watch after a good down poor.
Last Minute Cottages in and near Cenarth
The pretty seaside Town of Aberporth is a great spot for a last minute holiday, there are two lovely beaches and some great section of the Ceredigion Coast Path to enjoy - you might also get lucky and spot a pod or two of Cardigan Bay dolphins. Nearby Aberporth are also the popular villages of Tresaith and Llangrannog.
Last Minute Cottages in and near Aberporth
Not to be confused with the Cornish Newquay, the Welsh New Quay enjoys an enviable coastal position with huge views of Cardigan Bay - on clear days you can see the Lleyn Peninsula and the peaks of the Snowdonia National Park all whilst enjoying a locally made ice cream on one of the two beaches. New Quay is also a pretty popular harbour with a plethora of sailing boats coming in and out all day long.
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The northern most village in Ceredigion, Borth enjoys a lovely position in Cardigan Bay. Popular with beach goers, surfers and when there is a westerly kite surfers too. There is a large beach which stretches from Borth up to Ynyslas Nature Reserve, round the dunes to find another beach which fronts on to Dyfi Estuary.
Last Minute Cottages in Borth