Set within the Pembrokeshire National Park the Coastal Path is easily accessed from the harbour. Solva is only 3 miles from the city of St Davids with its unique and historic cathedral and Bishop's Palace, and a variety of galleries and eateries. 2.5 miles of sandy Newgale Beach is close by, ideal for surfing, and walking the Coastal Path.
Solva was given its name by the Vikings, who settled here after the Romans had left. They named it after the Rock Samphire plant whose roots were transported to London where they were used to make a succulent sauce. This plant grew in inaccessible places and lads from the village risked their lives on the cliff edges collecting it.
In 1664 an Elizabethan visitor noted;
" The herbe of St Peter holdeth faste in his rocke, and seduceth mortalle man to try for its juices, and riske his life withal. " In 1780, the little port was at its zenith. Ships came and went from all over the world. Ships arrived carrying exotic fruits and spices, wines and tobacco. In turn Solva was exporting honey, corn, ale, salted fish, leather, anthracite - and people.
There were regular transatlanic runs between Solva and Philadelphia (USA). The single fare from Solva to Philadelphia was £3.10.0d, and you were expected to bring your own food ! The other interesting feature of Solva were the lime kilns, the descendents of six of them are still very visible today.