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Aberdovey is a beautiful little village on the sea at the southern tip of the Snowdonia National Park. Despite its history as a shipping village in the 19th century, the Aberdovey of today is a picturesque holiday destination that is full of peaceful charm.
The unspoilt golden beach that stretches along the Cardigan coast towards Tywyn is one of the finest in Wales, and the dunes behind it are perfect for walkers wanting to make the most of the sea air and uplifting scenery. The accommodation on offer in the town is very varied and includes some delightful boutique hotels with restaurants that specialise in the freshest of fish. In fact Aberdovey has long been popular with anglers who are able take advantage of both Cardigan Bay and the Dovey estuary. The intersection of river and sea, mountain and valley has also proved to be a paradise for wildlife watchers, with a number of walking routes to explore that permeate the area with a reflective sense of tranquillity.
Despite the slow pace of life in general in Aberdovey the sea also caters for those seeking a more physical experience. Apart from fishing and sailing trips a vast range of watersports are available, and for sportsmen the links course at the Aberdovey Golf Course is reputed to be one of the best in Wales. The legendary sports writer Bernard Darwin, a favourite son of Aberdovey, certainly thought so.
Besdies being renowned for its natural beauty, Aberdovey is also known for its supernatural activity. Braich y Celyn, a house to the east of town, is the setting for a chilling tale of forbidden love and murderous revenge whilst the Ghost of the Red Tree provides an unsettling warning for those travelling upstream by boat. Unsurprisingly Aberdovey has been the subject of several literary works, the great Welsh poet John Ceiriog Hughes penned ‘The Bells of Aberdovey’ in the 19th century, referring to the village’s association with the legendary Cantre’r Gwaelod – the submerged kingdom said to lie under the waves, as well as the mournful ‘Shepherd of Aberdovey’. More recently the village has been the setting for works by Thomas Love Peacock and Susan Cooper. Find Aberdovey hotels and guesthouses. Explore Aberdovey Accommodation and book online