Looking for weekend getaways in the UK? The Mid Wales coast is scattered with quaint seaside towns that are ideal for relaxing breaks. Revive your senses, breathe in the coastal sea air, feel the sand between your toes and start relaxing.
Day 1 - Morning: Aberaeron
Base yourself in the pretty seaside town of Aberaeron, where colourful Georgian-style architecture is in fashion. Spend the morning exploring the harbour and its bobbing boats, then head to the beach for a walk along the coast path. Later, head into town and discover Aberaeron's independent shops and delicatessens.
Feeling hungry? You can't visit Aberaeron without trying some local seafood (the fresh crab sandwich at the Drunken Sailor is a winner). Or, enjoy one of Aberaeron's famous honey ice creams from The Hive, located by the harbourside.
Owned by the National Trust, Llanerchaeron is a rare example of a self-sufficient gentry estate. There's lots to explore there – a beautiful house, pleasure grounds, an ornamental lake and vast parkland with lots of walks. The estate also has a wonderful walled garden and working home farm with Welsh black cattle, Llanwenog sheep and rare breed Welsh pigs. All produce from the farm and walled garden are used in the National Trust cafe and are available to buy in the shop.
Feeling hungry? The Harbourmaster Hotel serves a great selection of locally sourced fish. Treat yourself to a Cardigan Bay lobster dinner while enjoying the vista over the harbour.
Day 2 - Morning: Aberystwyth
Take a scenic drive up the coast to the larger seaside town of Aberystwyth. Walk from the ruined 13th century castle along the promenade, past the Victorian architecture, until you reach Constitution Hill. There, you can take the unusual cliff railway to the summit and one of the world's largest camera obscuras (it has a massive 14-inch lens). From the top, there are impressive views. Sometimes, you can even count porpoises and dolphins in the bay from up there.
Feeling hungry? Try Gwesty Cymru, a guest house with a seafront terraced restaurant. The food is so fresh and local, you can almost watch the fishermen catch the produce from across the road! The menu is varied, with local fish, meats and vegetables pride of place.
Afternoon: Devil's Bridge
Jump aboard the historic narrow gauge train route of the Vale of Rheidol Railway in Aberystwyth and travel to Devil's Bridge. There, dramatic waterfalls are in abundance, as well as the unusual feature of three separate bridges all built one on top of the other. Listen to the tale of why the bridges are called 'Devil's Bridge', then follow the trail to take in the fabulous views. Stop off at the cafe for a cuppa before boarding the train back to Aberystwyth.
Feeling hungry? Round your day off with dinner at The Druid Inn in Goginan, seven miles east of Aberystwyth. The countryside eatery has all the traditional fare that you'd want from a British pub. There's also an extensive range of craft beer and real ales to work through, including local brews.