Cardigan Bay, Gwynedd, Powys, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire border Ceredigion, a coastal town in Wales and three out of every five inhabitants speak the Welsh language. This area is often compared with Cornwall because it has lovely sandy beaches and clean clear blue seas. It is the only bay in the UK to have bottle nosed dolphins all summer long.
A few of the main towns and villages in Ceredigion are Tregaron, Penparcau, Llanrhystud, Llanilar, Llandysul, Llanddewi Brefi, Lampeter and Aberarth.
The geography of Ceredigion makes it remarkably suited to a wide range of activities within a relatively small area. New Quay, Cardigan, Aberaeron and Aberystwyth all have harbour facilities and so water sports are well catered for, but what really makes Ceredigion such a popular tourist destination and draws thousands of holidaymakers each year are the activities that involve cycling, walking, golf and angling, as well as the rich medieval heritage of the area.
Self catering holiday rental homes and cottages are one of the most popular types of holiday accommodation available in Ceredigion as they allow you freedom to explore and are more spacious than caravans or hotels. Holiday cottages give you somewhere special to come home to after an exciting day and this is why the tourist information at Ceredigion county council receives so many enquiries.
Mountain cottages are popular with visitors wanting to climb Snowden, the highest peak in Wales and for the National Three Peaks Challenge. County cottages are popular with visitors wanting to see Devils Bridge, Mynach Falls and Porthmadog, which is the gateway to the Snowdonia National Park and seaside cottages are available in Rhyl, Barmouth and Borth. A holiday cottage makes the ideal base to travel even further a field than this mid Wales County to North Wales and areas such as Wrexham, Anglesey and Bryn
Ceredigion council tourist office and the Cambrian news are an excellent source of what's on and where to go in Ceredigion. If you are looking for castles and ruins to visit, then you are in for a real treat, as Ceredigion not only has the popular Carmarthen Castle (Caernarfon) and Aberystwyth Castle but also Caer Penrhos, Cardigan Castle, Castell Dinerth and Castell Gwallter. St Dogmael's Abbey is an eye-catching hillside remains of a 12th century Benedictine abbey near Cardigan and a visit to Llanerchaeron gives an insight into how the Welsh gentry lived.
The Aberystwyth arts centre has won numerous awards and is situated in the centre the university's Penglais Campus. Also in Aberystwyth are the Electric Cliff Railway and the Ceredigion Museum. Other museums in Ceredigion include Cardigan Visitor Centre, Catherine Lewis Gallery and Print Room and the Llywernog Silver-Lead Mine Museum.
Exploring the Ceredigion Heritage Coast is an amazing experience whether you choose to do so on foot or otherwise. Its twenty-one miles are divided into four sections including marine conservation areas and numerous nature reserves. The conservation area in Cardigan Bay supports grey seals, porpoises and bottlenose dolphins.
Ceredigion's climate is surprisingly mild but Snowdon has one of the wettest climates in Britain. There is usually snow and ice in the winter and risk of storms and flooding in certain areas.
West Wales Airport serves Ceredigion and the main railway station is at Aberystwyth. Local bus services are provided commercially and by the county council.