To the Welsh, this small harbour town on the south coast is known as Dinbych-y-Pysgod. For those uninitiated in the lyrical intricacies of the country’s traditional tongue, the name translates just as beautifully as ‘Little Fortress of the Fish’ which, from the moment you arrive, adorably epitomises the entire harbour’s history and feel.
Situated on a rocky clifftop, which slopes gently down to the waterside, the early settlement sprang into life as a strategic vantage point and was turned into a medieval castle by the Earls of Pembroke after the Norman Conquest. Evidence of any historical scraps have mostly disappeared over centuries of development, but some of the original defensive walls have withstood the test of time and serve to welcome visitors as they venture past the entrance to the old town.
The centre itself is any keen photographer’s idea of heaven. Colourful ‘Balamory-esque’ houses line the harbour walls, vying for attention from the apertures of amateurs and professionals alike, and features such as the lifeboat station and St Catherine’s island provide focal points for both pretty pictures and pleasant afternoon strolls.
One of the aforementioned ice-cream hued houses, known colloquially as The Cabin, even played host to a young Roald Dahl, back when he was kneehigh to a grasshopper in the 20s and 30s, and there’s little doubt that these family trips left a lasting impression on the lad. Perhaps it will do the same to you.