Port Eynon Accommodation and Holiday Guide

Introduction

Britain’s first designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is almost a 20 mile peninsula of glorious beaches, dramatic cliffs and tiny pretty villages. The Gower produces some of the best surfing in Wales, as well as being an excellent spot for windsurfing and cycling. Due to the fantastic scenery and wildlife, the area is also popular with walkers and wildlife enthusiasts alike. Ruined castles, churches such as St Cadoc’s in Cheriton – known as the cathedral of The Gower and mysterious prehistoric remains add interest to an area rich in things to do and see.

Port Eynon is a busy and touristy village on the South Gower coast, with two pubs, The Ship Inn and The Smuggler’s Haunt as well as two fish and chip shops, The Captain’s Table and the Seafarer, and a café and small gift shop. Port Eynon Castle, which has sadly long since disappeared, was thought to have been built by the 11th century Welsh Prince Eynon, who also gave his name to the village. In former times, Port Eynon was home to a booming oyster trade, which has since subsided, however, the oyster pools can still be seen at low tide. Below the cliffs, keep an eye out for Culver Hole, a man made cave that may have been part of Port Eynon Castle. More recently the cave is thought to have been used by smugglers, aided by the fact that it is quite hard to find! It has also been used as an armoury and a dovecote. On one end of the beach is the ruin of an 18th century salt house, also thought to house contraband at one time. The Victorian lifeboat station was decommissioned in 1919 and was re established in nearby Horton in the 1960s. The station is now used as a Youth Hostel.

Port Eynon beach is one of the most family friendly on Gower, and the village has an excellent mix of surf and boutique shops as well as the usual (and necessary) bucket and spade shops!

For further information on restaurants, delicatessens and local produce markets, see http://www.food-passion.co.uk

Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015