Aberporth is the nearest village to Penlan Coastal Cottages and has all the essentials such as a chemists, hairdressers, Laundromat and food shop. There are lots of places to eat including pubs, a fish and chip shop overlooking the beaches and a lovely Chinese takeaway. Plenty of outside areas to enjoy the views across the two beaches and out towards Cardigan Bay. Access to the Ceredigion coast path from the village takes you towards Tresaith and beyond.
The small hamlet of Parcllyn is very close to us and has a very good Londis shop for your daily newspaper and essentials. Very friendly.
Cardigan is the nearest market town (7 miles) on the border between Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire with a lovely combination of new and traditional shops. An abundance of craft and art galleries are available to while away a pleasant afternoon.
Lots of places to eat; from coffee shops to first class eateries with a full range of local Welsh produce available to taste. Cardigan has a tourist information centre based in Theatre Mwldan, which itself, has a comprehensive program of films and live events for all the family. There is a large supermarket on the outskirts of the town if necessary.
Newquay has a sheltered harbour and pier where it is often possible to catch sight of the local dolphins at play. This picturesque village rises up the hill from the beach with plenty of craft shops, restaurants and pubs. Very busy in the summer months but it does slow its pace in the winter months. There is a water sports centre here for kayaking, sailing and windsurfing and boat trips to explore the Ceredigion Heritage Coast and again a chance to spot the dolphins and seals.
Aberaeron is a beautiful regency town built on level ground with a charming harbour, multi coloured houses and a vibrant community. Many places to eat, again using local Welsh produce. The honey ice cream, whilst watching the boats bob up and down in the harbour is obligatory and often a spot to catch the locals having a moment of peace.
Further up the coast is the larger university town of Aberystwyth. This has a selection of the more well known shops, but also a lovely harbour and pier. The seafront has a gorgeous selection of Victorian and Edwardian buildings in various colours. The Aberystwyth Electric Cliff Railway is at one end of the harbour, climbing Constitution Hill. The views at the tope show the whole of Cardigan Bay, from the Preseli Mountains to Snowdonia and beyond to Anglesey.