Aberystwyth is a market town located on the west coast of Wales. It is commonly used for weekend breaks due to its secluded location and unique micro-economy. Aberystwyth has a large population of students due to the university and educational centre within the city.
Aberystwyth has a number of attractions to offer, including a pier on its seafront. The quiet nature of the city is one of the reasons why it is a popular place for weekend breaks, however it does have two small cinemas and a golf course. There are also a few conservation areas around the city including the Parc Penglais Nature Reserve and the Victorian Camera Obscura. The Ystwyth Trail cycle path is often a favourite pastime in the summer months for both locals and tourists alike.
Aberystwyth has several different sporting associations. The local rugby team, Aberystwyth RFC, was formed in 1947 and competes in the Welsh Rugby Union League, whilst the local football team, Aberystwyth Town FC competes in the Welsh Premier League and even managed to reach the finals during the 2008/2009 season. The Aberystwyth Cricket Club is also very popular and has regularly competed against neighbouring towns since the 1830s.
Aberystwyth is known for having its own micro-economy. This is because it is located quite some distance away from other cities and towns. This micro-economy generally employs a workforce of students who form the low-pay sector of the city. An organic dairy unit is the largest employer in the area and accounts for the majority of the private sector's employment opportunities.