Croeso – a warm Welsh welcome – awaits you in Ceredigion. Originally an independent principality established as long ago as 415AD, the area is named after Prince Ceredig. Located on the western coastline of Wales, on the shores of the bay that carries its name, Ceredigion is sheltered from the east by the Plynlimon mountain range. Spectacular landscapes and welcoming people await your visit to Ceredigion, one of the last bastions of the Welsh language and culture.
Ceredigion is Wales’s fourth largest county with the third smallest population. Aberystwyth is the largest town with a population in term time of around 15,000, the remainder of the 70,000 residents live in or around some 150 towns and villages spread across 1,795 square miles of the most rural part of Wales. Ceredigion is famed for its culture and repositories of knowledge, with the two oldest universities in Wales, Lampeter and Aberystwyth, the first national eisteddfod (held at Cardigan in 1176) and the National Library of Wales. The latter contains some of the greatest literary and cartographic treasures of Wales and other Celtic nations. With an embarrasing wealth of galleries, art centres, theatres and museums, Ceredigion is a must for the discerning visitor. The ecotourism of Ceredigion is diverse, with nature centres, reserves, forest trails, butterfly house, bird centres, National Trust, wildlife centres, dolphin conservation and wildlife restoration projects to name but a few of the exciting and interesting activities on offer.
With villages and towns such as LLandysul, Moylegrove, Newquay, LLanfarian, Aberaeron, LLanon, and Cardigan and places of interest including the Blue Flag Beaches of Aberporth, Aberystwyth North, Aberystwyth South, Borth , Llangrannog , New Quay Harbour and Tresaith. The area is not just about beaches though, as the rural areas merit attention as well with outstanding walking country such as Cwmrheidol, Pontrhydygroes and walks from Devils Bridge to Pontrhydfendigaid. The Strata Florida Abbey was established by the Cistertian Order in 1164. The Cors Caron National Nature Reserve is home to rare species of flora and fauna. Ceredigion is also famed for its seats of learning with Lampeter, the oldest university town in Wales, and Aberystwyth. The Cenarth Falls still see the use of coracles below the scenic waterfalls. Llandysul is a mecca for whitewater rafting. This brief description can in no way do justice to this spectacular area of Wales but is meant to tempt you in finding out more in conjunction with the photos and brief descriptions together with the web links.
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