Pembrokeshire Coast has come out on top of a reader-poll conducted by BBC Countryfile. A judging panel put together by the Beeb’s Magazine team whittled down and shortlisted 5 destinations, and the readers of the magazine voted on the ‘Best Holiday Destination’ category as well as other categories in the awards. This year almost 180,000 votes were cast by nearly 30,000 people in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards, who decided that Pembrokeshire Coast was the worthy winner for the accolade of ‘Holiday Destination’ of 2018.
With a wealth of natural attractions, it’s no wonder that the wild coastline of Pembrokeshire has romped home with this year’s top spot. It’s a haven for marine life, with dolphins and porpoises often seen from Strumble Head, whale watching boat trips off the coast, and plentiful puffins and seals at Skomer.
Surrounded by the sea on three sides, no part of Pembrokeshire is more than 14 miles from the coast and locals claim to have salt water in their veins. Bask on the wide sandy beaches, trek the 186 mile-long Coast Path, and don’t forget to stop in at St David’s, the smallest city in Britain.
Judge Miranda Krestovnikoff says: “Pembrokeshire has a really special place in my heart as it’s where I had my first ever scuba dive.“