Aberaeron named most attractive place in Wales

Published: Saturday 5th Nov 2016

Written by: Ginnie James

I was not at all surprised when I read in the news that the charming Georgian town of Aberaeron has been named Wales’ most attractive and inspiring place’ The competition was organised by The Royal Town Planning Institute Cymru and over 5000 people voted on a shortlist of 10 places the institute deem to be protected or improved by their planning system.RTPI President Phil Williams said: "Aberaeron is a truly deserving winner. The impact of planning is obvious here as you walk through the town which has been carefully planned in the Georgian style around the harbour."

Another two of my favourite spots in Wales, Tenby and the Gower, came second and third respectively in what must have been a tough call for many people.

I first visited Aberaeron when my family when my parents were on holiday in the area and for all three of us it was love at first site. For me it was the period feel of the place; I could perfectly imagine my favourite Georgette Heyer characters parading along the fashionable harbour streets to take in the restorative sea air. My Mum loved all the colourful cottages, traditional harbour side and interesting little shops while my Dad, a planner, agreed with the RTPI (Cymru) about the perfect proportions of this gorgeous little town.

When it comes to where to eat you are spoiled for choice with a full range of eateries ranging from cafes, to great pub food, to multi-award winning restaurants. We started off with an icecream from the little kiosk of The Hive. It was soooo good that we went back to their bistro for lunch which altogether was just as great. Another venue I would highly recommend is The Harbourmaster Hotel. The restaurant is stylish yet welcoming and the Sunday lunch I had there was generous and delicious. Their deserts are a must if you can squeeze one in!

We have a number of lovely cottages close to Aberaeron and along this stunning section of the West Wales coastline. If I’ve persuaded you that Aberaeron is a place you don’t want to miss visiting at least once (if not lots of times once you’ve discovered it for yourself!) why not take a look at our cottages near Aberaeron.


Ginnie James
Ginnie James



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