We are really spoilt for choice when it comes to beaches. Pebbles or sand, busy or empty take your pick. These are our favourites, but why not take a map and explore the whole of Cardigan Bay!
New Quay – a traditional beach resort and fishing town in a beautiful setting. Dylan Thomas lived here for a while and is believed to have based his work ‘Under Milk Wood’ on the town and some of its more colourful inhabitants. The other well-known residents of New Quay are the dolphins. These can often be spotted just metres from the shore or you can go on a dolphin spotting tour in the bay. You can get very good, ‘posh’ fish and chips here from the Lime Crab. Toast and Post is also good for a coffee and some homemade cake. This is a very popular resort so if crowds aren’t your thing then keep away. Or visit outside the school holidays.
Aberaeron South Beach – worth a mention because it is just 4 miles away and perfect for a quick dip to cool off at the end of a hot day. Pebbly but usually quiet.
Mwnt – a half hour drive away, turn right just before getting to Cardigan and follow the narrow roads down to this hidden little gem with the iconic whitewashed chapel overlooking it. There is a small shop selling souvenirs and basic food and drink so we recommend taking a picnic if you are going for the day. This is a gorgeous white sandy beach in a sheltered cove.
Penbryn – Accessed from a National Trust car park, walk down through the trees to discover miles of pristine white sand. Even on a hot summer’s day you can have this beach virtually to yourself. One of the scenes from James Bond, Die Another Day was filmed here.
Llangrannog – A pretty little village with two good pubs and a homemade ice cream shop practically on the beach. In summer it is impossible to park in the village so you will need to park up the hill and either catch the regular bus or walk down to the beach. Once you get there you can walk round to the right of the beach to discover a further ‘hidden’ sandy beach and spend the day there. Just watch out for the tide coming in or you might get stuck and have to climb the steep steps up the cliff to get back to the village.
Cwmtydu – A tiny pebbly beach famous for its breeding seal population. Walk along the cliff path from here.