I could waffle and waffle about Tenby for days – I love the place! I had never been to Tenby before our holiday this year, but it reminded me so much of some of the lovely seaside places where I spend much of my Summer holidays as a child.
Unlike some seaside resorts, which have unfortunately become rundown over the years, Tenby still retains a lot of its charm, and has a lot of character to it which is still so appealing to tourists. With the town walls and the colour-washed buildings, I would almost say it has a meditteranean vibe going on – I think the weather helped of course, I probably wouldnt have the same opinion if I had been there on a rainy, autumnal day!
There’s a lot to appeal to all kinds of visitors – out of season it seems pretty peaceful so I’m sure it attracts a lot of the older generation, however it definitely feels like a very family-friendly resort, with lovely safe beaches, ideal for getting the bucket and spade out! There’s public toilets and a baby-changing room right next door to the main beach – great for getting all that sand out of our baby’s nappy!
Just around the corner from the main town beach – tucked away under the arches of the harbour wall is a lovely little coffee shop called Stowaways – please visit if you get the chance. It’s a tiny little place, blink and you’ll miss it, but the coffee is amazing and it’s run by the friendliest guy in the world! He couldn’t have been more accommodating with E and treated her like a little princess (he has children the same age) and he was just a wonderful character to talk to. We could have spent hours in their, it was so interesting!
Later in the day we ate in the Ocean Restaurant overlooking the harbour. Again, a very unassuming, run-of-the-mill Italian restaurant but the staff couldn’t have been more friendly. We’d attempted to have lunch in a pub a few doors down the road, but we found the staff so rude that that we got up and walked out before we even ordered! The staff at the Ocean were by contrast, extremely helpful to us, going so far as to help us choose off the menu for our fussy-eater – and when the meal arrived, she scoffed the lot!
When we came back to Tenby a few days later, we grabbed some fish and chips from Fecci’s which is a well-known traditional italian takeaway situated just within the town walls. We sat on a bench along the seafront and enjoyed them as they should be – they were amazing – just watch out for the pesky, giant seagulls!
Top Tip: Parking in Tenby can be quite expensive if you’re there for the entire day, but if you arrive early enough there are quite a few places for free on-street parking at the top of the hill above North Beach. It’s only around a ten-minute stroll into the town from there, and the views on the way in are lovely!