The paradise beach in Wales with lush white sands you can only get to by boat


Caldey Island, a peaceful sanctuary just off the Pembrokeshire coast near Tenby, is famed for its rich history, tranquil beaches and lush woodlands.

This idyllic tourist hotspot, one of Britain’s sacred islands, is merely a brief boat journey away from the mainland.

The island has been home to inhabitants since the Stone Age and has welcomed various orders of monks since the Bronze and Iron Ages.

Since 1929, it has been in the possession of the Cistercian Order monks who continue to reside, pray, study, and work within their monastery on the island.

So, what activities can you enjoy on Caldey Island?

Priory Bay, the only public beach on the island and a green coast award site, is ideal for swimmers when the sea conditions are favourable. For a quick bite, visitors can relax at the tea garden cafe with its alfresco seating area.

Alternatively, those who prefer a picnic can find plenty of benches on the village green, lighthouse area, and Matthews Meadow, reports Wales Online.

While the Abbey and Monastic Enclosure are not accessible to the public, tourists can visit the Abbey Church viewing gallery and join in the services of Sext.

Visitors can also discover St Iltyd’s Church, St David’s Church, and the churchyard where they can light votive candles.

Visitors to the island can enjoy a range of attractions, including shops selling a variety of goods such as perfume made by the monks.

The Post Office also houses a quaint shop and a museum that provides insight into the island’s rich history.

For chocolate lovers, there’s a factory where you can tour and purchase milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and fudge.

The island is a walker’s paradise with numerous paths to explore. Whether you prefer coastal walks, cliff and woodland strolls, heading towards the lighthouse, or venturing beyond the village on grass and gravel pathways, there’s something for everyone.

So, how do you get to Caldey Island?

The island is open to visitors from Monday to Saturday, from Easter until the end of October. You can reach the island by boat.

At high tide, boats depart from the harbour steps in Tenby, while at low tide, a mobile jetty on Tenby Castle Beach is used. Please note, all children must be accompanied by an adult.

While there’s no public parking available in Tenby’s harbour area, nearby car parks are within a short walking distance. During the school summer holidays, a park and ride bus service operates from North Beach car park.

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