Spot ‘just like the Algarve’ named one of best hidden beaches in the UK

church doors cove on the pembrokeshire coast, west wales
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From the golden sand dunes of Camber Sands to the magnificent waves at Cornwall's Fistral Beach and the iconic Durdle Door on the Jurassic Coast, most of us are familiar with what some of best UK beaches have to offer.

But a lesser-known gem, that’s been compared to the beautiful beaches of Portugal, has been crowned as one of the best hidden beaches in the UK.

Travel experts at have named a small cove tucked away in the rich moorland hills of Pembrokeshire as one of the best lesser-known UK beaches.

Church Door Cove, located near the Pembrokeshire village of Manorbier, has been hailed for its natural spectacle – gaining its name from the high-arched "door" the sea has created by eroding the sandstone cliffs that surround it.

The travel team said: “The cove is home to a colossal door-shaped archway, which has taken shape from the force of the ocean, giving the beach a very Jurassic Park-esque feel.

"Be sure to pack a camera to capture the spectacle.”

church door cove at skrinkle haven
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Concrete steps and a metal stairway take visitors directly down to the cove – and on very low tides, access is also possible through a stretch of the headland that connects Church Door Cove to neighbouring scenic beach, Skrinkle Haven.

In fact, the golden sands and clifftop setting of these two beaches have seen some draw comparisons to the Algarve. One Tripadvisor reviewer also gushed that Church Door Cove is a “stunning secluded cove in West Wales with a huge stone archway, which you can swim through at high tide.”

While another praised it as a “mesmerising hidden gem in Pembrokeshire.”

However, visitors are urged to check timings before they visit this part of the Pembrokeshire coastline, as high tide sees the beach covered in water with only rocky patches exposed.

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