The original town of Tenby, called Dinbych y pysgod in Welsh or little fort of the fishes, was established by The Normans as a fortified town. Most of the old town walls remain, enclosing the medieval town behind them. The castle that defended Tenby was built on Castle Hill but only one small keep tower remains of that.
The Victorian seaside development on the west side of town, outside the town walls, was fairly limited so doesn't detract from the general ambience of the town. The imposing hotels along The Esplanade look over Tenby's south beach towards Caldey Island.
Tenby offers a number of interests including sailing, historical interests, walks or just enjoying the cafe culture
Tenby has 3 blue flag beaches (North Beach, Castle Beach and South Beach):
- North beach faces east and is nicely sheltered is the prevailing south westerly wind is blowing.
- Castle beach faces south and also has high cliffs backing it
- South beach stretches uninterrupted for a mile to Giltar Point and is perfect for all sorts of beach games like volleyball.
- In between north beach and castle beach is the picturesque harbour, which also has a sandy beach. The harbour is clean so is a good place for toddlers and was voted most beautiful beach in Europe (June 2014)
Enjoy an evening walk around the Harbour and The Esplanade and take in the superb views of what Tenby as to offer.
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