I visited Wales thanks to my job and had a little surprise in discovering this pretty country together with my Welsh colleague who was adding value to the whole experience with the passion for his country. With its capital being Cardiff, Wales doesn’t lack of pretty coastal towns and stunning countryside.
We visited Tenby, a walled seaside town on the south coast of Wales. What I liked most were the cliffs, the steep lanes looking on the sea and the picturesque houses. Not to mention the wide sanded beach with the big rock in the middle of it, perfect for any photography’s enthusiast! Tenby is the perfect place to go with your partner, family or friends (apparently very sought-after for hen parties too!)
Where to eat
Plantagenet House – Hidden in a lane which leads to the harbour, this restaurant is a unique dining experience and a must in Tenby. When we visited it was end of October and a week day so we just showed up and were sat at a table, but I am sure it needs booking in summer, as it is extremely popular, thanks to its Medieval Flemish chimney which is thought to date back to the tenth century.
On top of its unique set up and atmosphere, Plantagenet House offers an incredible menu full of fresh seafood delicatessen, including oysters, squid, mussels, scallops and more. You can also find vegetarian and meat dishes. And the wine list is also very appealing. I am sure you will not be disappointed.
After visiting the best hotels and B&Bs in Tenby, yes that was my super cool job, our lovely senior tour guide and driver Kevin, from London, drove us to the next town in our comfortable Rabbie’s bus.
Aberystwyth is seventy miles north from Tenby and it also lies by the sea, the Irish sea to be more specific. While it has as many colorful houses as Tenby, Aberystwyth has a completely different vibe to it, I would say it feels rower, more real, and incredibly fascinating. It is not that Tenby was not appealing, but it seemed to be as I said to Ryan, ‘a chocolate-box village’, with its perfect historic centre, walled town, colorful houses and beautiful shops everywhere. You may ask what is wrong with a place being so beautiful and wonder if I am crazy. But, I warn you, I am getting deeper here, as everything in life, beautiful things do not necessarily mean anything more than just being pretty. And Aberystwyth, with its stronger and rower personality, was giving me more than Tenby (don’t take it personally Tenby). Years later I would compare this to Naples and Sorrento; Sorrento was perfect, but Naples was definitely more enriching!
Sorry, I got carried away with my reflections about towns’ souls there, but if you read my blog and know me, you know that I find satisfaction in places that give me something back more than their look, that’s also why I often stay in hostels and not hotels, or eat at the market rather than a fancy restaurant.
But yes, here we are Aberystwyth, with your black sanded beaches and strong waves, you look like a fierce Welsh town, where your cafes still speak your beautiful language and your crime novels are famous around the whole country.