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Skomer and Marloes Sands on Lonely Planet holiday list

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Image caption The thousands of puffins that live on Skomer Island are among its attractions

Two Pembrokeshire beauty spots have been named among the 10 best places to go in Europe for a family holiday.

Skomer Island and Marloes Sands are included in travel guide Lonely Planet's Best in Europe 2015 list.

Kent was ranked top, followed by County Kerry in Ireland, with destinations in Germany and Hungary also making the top five.

The guide said Skomer's marine nature reserve and 500,000-strong bird population were among its draws.

It also recommended visiting Marloes Sands - "a mile-long sweep of beach that does a vanishing act at high tide".

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Image caption Marloes Sands (pictured) beat off Lake Bohinj in Slovenia to take ninth position on the list
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Image caption The guillemot population on Skomer has been studied for 40 years

Europe's 10 Best Places for Family Holidays, by Lonely Planet

  • Kent, England
  • County Kerry, Ireland
  • Black Forest, Germany
  • Budapest, Hungary
  • Vorarlberg, Austria
  • Ă…land Archipelago, Finland
  • Ibiza, Spain
  • Normandy, France
  • Skomer and Marloes Sands, Wales
  • Bohinj, Slovenia

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