Aberdyfi (often Aberdovey in English) is a seaside resort in the county of Gwynedd, West Wales. It lies on the banks of the Dyfi estuary to the south of the Snowdonia National Park. It is a beautiful little resort and is very popular with visitors due to its golden sandy beaches and the clear blue waters of the Blue Flag Beach.
There is plenty to do with boat trips and fishing trips from the harbour, and a choice of activity holidays and water sports including canoeing, sailing, sea kayaking and windsurfing. Families with young children love it, as the wide expanses of sand are ideal for children's games. Alternatively, you could just laze on the beach and enjoy the fantastic views. The yacht club is the focal point of all the water activities and the small jetty is open for a pleasant stroll.
Eira Wyn and I arrived in Aberdyfi after a pleasant drive down the estuary of the Dyfi from Machynlleth. As we left the hills behind us we also left the clouds and Aberdyfi looked spick and span in the sunlight. The town gives the impression of being quite prosperous as all the properties are brightly coloured and well presented. There are a number of hotels, guesthouses and holiday cottages ...and some interesting looking pubs, but as were not staying the night I could not sample their wares. Definitely next time! We settled for fish and chips on a seafront bench with some of the best views in Wales ..and the fish and chips were delicious.
There seems to be a return to the traditional British seaside holidays and Aberdyfi with its beautiful location is a resort that definitely benefits from this revival. As with many West Wales holiday resorts Aberdyfi is popular with visitors from the midlands of England, being just a few hours drive across Mid Wales from the English Border.
Walks, Cycle Trails and Other Activities
Watersport activities are the obvious attractions at Aberdyfi but its location in the south of Snowdonia National Park offer plenty of other choices for places to visit and things to do.
If Golf is your game then there is Aberdovey Golf Club, a course close to the town where you can dodge the cattle and electric fences while attempting your hole in one.
Slightly further afield is the Talyllyn Railway an historic narrow-gauge steam railway, set in the beautiful countryside. It runs from Tywyn on the coast to Abergynolwyn and Nant Gwernol, passing the beautiful Dolgoch Falls. Great walking country, and the nearby Tal-y-Llyn (the lake itself) has views to die for.
There are many walks criss-crossing the landscape including walks over the hill and not too far away to the delightfully named Happy Valley. The Panorama Walk as its name suggests offers views of the Dyfi estuary to make anybody happy.