Pembrokeshire coast - a global destination
Our very own Pembrokeshire coast has been in the news today as it came second in a National Geographic poll of the top 10 best 'coastal destinations' in the world.
The Pembrokeshire coast beat off stiff opposition from the likes of Chile, Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia, Namibia, Oregon, Scotland and more - so bear that in mind next time you're out walking and it starts to pour down with rain!
Just wipe away the rain, smile and admire the beauty all around you ;)
Barafundle Beach, on the Pembrokeshire Coast by Arwyn Harris:
A quote from one of the National Geographic judging panel:
"Wales has done a terrific job of sustainable development, including its coastline. The newly linked coastal walk will be one of the most scenic hiking paths in Europe."
"Citizens work hard at making sure that their coastal environment remains authentic and unspoiled. The seafood and food grown in the adjoining fields are culinary treats."
We've got plenty of information about this stretch of the coast - which is Britain's only truly coastal national park with an abundance of habitats and wildlife, covering 258 miles of coastline.
Within the park itself you'll also find six national nature reserves including the world famous Skomer Marine Nature Reserve - one of only a handful of marine reserves in the UK. You can see some amazing photos from this reserve in our picture gallery.
Aside from the wildlife and rugged scenery, people have also lived here for centuries, existing in harmony with the rugged cliffs and coves and you're never too far from an ancient burial mound, castle, Celtic cross or Welsh legend such as The Mabinogion.
The BBC Wales History site features some nice castles you might like to look at.