New Quay was once a flourishing shipbuilding centre and fishing port. The miles of secluded coves around New Quay provided ideal hiding places in the less salubrious but probably more profitable trade of smuggling spirits and tobacco.
Today the small local fishing and pleasure craft still come and go in the sheltered bay. New Quay's beaches extend in a golden arc around the bay and are ideal for relaxing and strolling by the sea. Enjoy a walk along the front to the end of the Quay and watch the boats sail by. Or sit in one of the cafes overlooking the harbour and see the dolphins
The Bottlenose Dolphins are regularly seen swimming and diving as they follow the shoals of mackerel into the bay. For a great view of these beautiful creatures stand at the end of the Quay, Even better take one of Winston Evans Boat Trips to explore the full delights of the Cardigan Bay Marine Heritage Coast.
A recently published book by David Thomas 'Dylan Thomas A Farm, Two Mansions and a Bungalow' published by Seren, sets out an impressive case in favour of New Quay being the real life inspiration for Llareggub. Also try 'The Dylan Thomas Trail' by David N Thomas published by Y Lolfa which includes many walks around New Quay following the steps of the great poet.
See the Walking pages on this site for more information on walking around Cardigan Bay. There is a lovely coastal walk from New Quay to Cwm Tydu and using the bus it is possible to do this just one way.