It is difficult to find an adjective that fully describes Aberaeron - unique, certainly, Georgian (one house in ever four is listed as being of special architectural or historical interest), colourful (the accompanying photos show that) and a centre for many activities.
It is also a town to take the family for a walk around the harbour, to enjoy a Honey Ice Cream and to sit and watch boats bobbing in the pretty harbour.
The Georgian houses are what the town is famed for, and if you look closely at those alongside the harbour, their very names reflect the long departed ships and destinations - "Gambia", "Melbourne", "Beryl House", "Aeron Queen", "Fairholmeall". This is just a glimpse of the town's former nautical past.
Sailing is still an important part of Aberaeron's life and the harbour is still at the centre of this town, though it is now full of pleasure boats rather than the fishing fleet (a few of those do remain).
The thriving Sailing Club is located on the far side of the harbour in one of the old warehouses.
Aberaeron is part of Ceredigion's Maritime Heritage Coast (the first offshore conservation area of its kind in the United Kingdom) and is famed for its dolphins.
There is plenty to see and do within ten miles of Aberaeron, but perhaps the most famous tourist attraction is Llanerchaeron (a short drive or cycle ride up the Aeron Valley towards Lampeter) - a Nash Mansion restored by the National Trust over the past ten years or so.
It was thought so important a survival of the period that it was accepted without endowment, relying on the efforts of the local community to raise a substantial proportion of restoration fund. There can be no more pleasant a destination in the summer to picnic in the grounds to the sound of a string quartet. Its period kitchen gardens are alone worth a visit.
For more information on the town and its activities, visit the town's Official Web Site