Exceptionally popular, this stylish barn conversion oozes charm and sits in an idyllic position on a large private estate within the Snowdonia National Park just half a mile from the sea. With the famous Cader Idris mountain close by, a beach in walking distance and an indoor heated pool, this dog-friendly retreat is perfect for enjoying precious time with friends or family. Tourist board rating: 5 Star
On a private estate that has been in the same family for centuries, this charming self-catering cottage affords one of the most desirable locations in the Snowdonia National Park. Just half a mile from the beach and close to iconic Cader Idris mountain, guests staying at Stable Cottage can enjoy secluded beaches, stunning scenery and the use of an indoor heated swimming pool as the icing on the cake! Tourist board rating: 4 Star
Beautifully presented combining classic charm and style, this pretty stone holiday cottage sits in an idyllic position just half a mile from the sea in Snowdonia's spectacular National Park. With iconic Cader Idris nearby, as well as uncrowded beaches, beautiful scenery and an on-site indoor pool, Dove Cottage is an ideal place to relax at any time of the year. Tourist board rating: 4 Star
A magnificent holiday home for large groups looking to get together or celebrate a milestone event, half a mile from the sea in the Snowdonia National Park near the famous mountain Cader Idris. With secluded beaches, an indoor heated swimming pool and beautiful countryside, Llanfendigaid is an ideal place to relax and unwind in this beautiful part of Wales. Tourist board rating: 4 Star
Located in the coastal town of Tywyn, on the edge of Snowdonia National Park, 8 Dysynni Walk has the best of both worlds. Explore beautiful valleys, enjoy days on the beach and admire the majestic mountains. This comfortable bungalow is owned by an independent charity and has been specially designed to be accessible to people with physical disabilities. Sleeping four guests in two bedrooms it is perfect for families looking for a self-catering seaside break in a thoughtfully refurbished holiday home.
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Dolphin Watching - Cardigan Bay isn’t only a beautiful place for people to live and visit. It is also an excellent habitat for marine life and sea birds due to its sparkling clean water. A summer boat trip to spot dolphins, porpoises seals and birds will be a highlight of your holiday. There is a choice of reputable tour operators who arrange sightseeing boat trips in Cardigan Bay, including Barmouth Boat Trips.
It is also possible to see dolphins from land, especially whilst walking along the Ceredigion Coast Path. New Quay Harbour is another favourite spot. It is conveniently close to the Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre which has free entry and a wealth of information about these lovable mammals.
Coastal Footpath - The magnificent Welsh coast is easy to explore and enjoy thanks to the 870-mile long Wales Coast Path which connects beautiful beaches, coves and inlets and passes through the centre of Tywyn. The four-mile stretch going south from the town to Aberdyfi is especially lovely, and if you go at low tide, then it is possible to walk almost the entire way along the beach. If you head north to Barmouth, you will cross the Tonfanau Bridge and the Dysynni Estuary.
Mid Wales and South Snowdonia - Tywyn’s location is close to everything to make exploring the mid-Wales coast and southern part of the Snowdonia National Park stress-free and simple. The largest town close by is Barmouth, 14 miles north, but within an hour’s drive are Aberystwyth, Machynlleth, Harlech, Dolgellau, Coed-y-Brenin and Blaenau Ffestiniog.
Sometimes, staying in a big town means that you tend not to venture further than its boundaries. Tywyn is large enough to have the amenities visitors want for a comfortable self-catering holiday, yet not so big that it isn’t easy to get out and explore.
Events and Festivals - There is always a reason to celebrate when you’re in Tywyn, with the town and surrounding area having a full calendar of fun events. Two of the best known are the Race the Train event in August where runners pit themselves against the Talyllyn Railway and the Abergynolwyn Carnival in July. There are golf tournaments, sailing regattas, art exhibitions and opera performances, not to mention the regular markets held every Monday between May and October.
Cardigan Bay and South Snowdonia Attractions - There is plenty to see and do in the surrounding area. No matter what your interest or the season, you will find a wide choice of attractions to enjoy. Plan a visit to Harlech Castle, Portmeirion Village, Llanberris and the Snowdon Mountain Railway, the Centre for Alternative Technology, the Ceredigion Silver Mines Discovery Centre, and the National Library of Wales. Aberystwyth is excellent for a day out, with its shops, restaurants and seafront promenade.
Tywyn and Cardigan Bay offer the sort of holiday that will leave you booking your next stay there before you even get home. The combination of beautiful beaches, gorgeous countryside, a national park on the doorstep and lots of attractions makes it a winner for everyone.