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  • Coastline Fisherman’s friend
  • Coast life Scenery, sandcastles and sunsets

Cardigan Bay, like the knitwear of the same name, is a comfy-cosy, sit-back-and-put-your-feet-up kind of place. But that’s not to say the area lacks drama.

Fringing hidden coves and sweeping river estuaries, Blue Flag-clean sand connects coastal walkways, and the clifftops offer a spectacular panorama of views over the ever-present sea. The Georgian fishing villages and towns – such as Aberaeron – that dot this charm-packed coastline have been smartened up, but behind their brightly-painted, pretty façades, they remain low-key, laid-back, and as warm-hearted and welcoming as ever. The sprucing up of these time-locked coastal havens has also brought trend-tapping boutique hotels, delis and craft shops, sprinkling just the right amount of style dust over the scenic surrounds. Certainly not the place to start a revolution – but probably the perfect place to escape one…

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  • Planes Cardiff (www.cwlfly.com) is the nearest international airport. Ryanair (www.ryanair.com) and BMI Baby (www.bmibaby.com) both fly from regional UK hubs.
  • Trains If not super-reliable, train travel in Mid Wales is scenic. Your best bet is either travelling to Carmarthen via Swansea with First Great Western from Paddington; or to Aberystwyth via Birmingham (www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk). Arriva Trains Wales (www.arrivatrainswales.co.uk) operates regional services via Shrewsbury.
  • Automobiles A car is a must for long-range exploration. From the North | take the M6 | then the M54 to Mid Wales. Leaving from London | take the M1 | then the M6 to the M54. Use the Smith route planner to find your way.
  • Taxis For getting around locally, try minicab firm Dyfi Cabs on on +44 (0)7831 551538 or +44 (0)7773 385335. Otherwise, ask your hotel to book one for you.