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Coastal Villages

There are so many but among our favourites are Aberdyfi (just fabulous), Aberaeron, New Quay and Llangrannog.

Aberdyfi is a small seaside village nestling on the north side of the Dyfi / Dovey estuary and is a thriving little harbour resort set within the Snowdonia National Park, where the river Dyfi meets the blue waters of Cardigan Bay. Aberdyfi has watersports galore – sailing, sailboarding, rowing, canoeing, fishing and boat trips. In the summer, there are yachting regattas, sailboarding competitions, rowing regattas and other watersports events along with family entertainment on its award-winning beaches.

Aberaeron grew from fishing village to a significant trading port but those days are past.  Today the streets are lined with independent shops.  There is an annual seafood festival and the yacht club hosts a number of regattas each summer.  Nearby Penbryn Beach is one of the best spots in Wales for stargazing and spotting seals. New Quay  is a pretty seaside town in Ceredigion, Wales with a resident population of around 1,200 people. Located on Cardigan Bay with a harbour and large sandy beaches, it remains a popular seaside resort and traditional fishing town. Llangrannog’s lovely sandy beach nestles below the cliffs.  In the 18th century, salt smuggling was rife in Ceredigion where it was used to preserve bacon and herring. Costing half the price in Ireland, there was a busy illegal trade, evidenced in places such as Ogof yr Halen (meaning Salt Cave) at Llangrannog. Similarly wines and spirits were smuggled, stored and traded in local caves.  In the village, Llangrannog’s church is dedicated to Carantoc, the son of a 6th century saint and founder of numerous churches in Wales.  The Urdd is the Welsh youth movement and it is the biggest of its kind in Europe. Each year its centre at Llangrannog provides activities for some 20,000 youngsters and features a heritage centre, dry ski-slope, equine centre and climbing wall all open to the public.  Take the coast path past Carreg Bica, gob around the ancient hill fort of Pen Dinas Lochtyn and out along the grassy peninsula to get one of the best on-shore dolphin spotting sites in the UK! 

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