Cornwall is blessed with some truly special places, from its picture postcard fishing villages and towns to its popular seaside resorts and moorland settlements.
Wander around the narrow streets, browse the galleries, or soak up some local culture as you spend some time getting to know this county.
If you fancy a day away from the beach or the attractions then why not visit one of Cornwall’s many idyllic locations. Here’s just a handful of our favourite places that should be on your ‘must-see’ list…
This charming working fishing port is a huge draw for visitors in the summer months, and with good reason. It’s a beautiful place with glorious sandy beaches nearby, lots of independent shops, cafes and pubs and some rather special restaurants including Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant and Paul Ainsworth’s No6. It’s also the start and end point for the popular Camel Trail.
Visit the UK’s most southerly city and you won’t be disappointed. Truro is Cornwall’s heartbeat – it’s administrative hub. This is a vibrant, modern city that hasn’t forgotten its roots. It’s a hugely popular destination for shopping and has a buzzing café culture, too. Centre stage is Truro Cathedral with its impressive gothic towers dominating the skyline.
A must visit during your stay with us, Fowey is one of our favourites. It is set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and hangs off the west side of the Fowey estuary where the large, deep water harbour is a magnet for sailing fans. Walk the ever narrowing streets and browse the shops and galleries
Still a busy working fishing town, Looe really is picture postcard stuff. Split in half by the East Looe River, the town is prides itself on its fresh fish, and be it award winning fish and chips near the river or gourmet menus in smart restaurants overlooking the harbour, you know you won’t be disappointed.
This charming fishing village has seen its visitors number go through the roof in recent years, thanks mainly to its presence on screen as the fictional Portwenn from TV comedy drama Doc Martin. It’s all very photogenic, with narrow winding streets lined with whitewashed cottages that head down to the harbour where you can watch local fishermen landing their daily catch of fish, crab and lobsters.
Head north a visit one of Cornwall’s most romantic locations. Boscastle’s long narrow valley runs down to a steep and rock entrance to a raging sea. It is a place steeped in history, associated with authors and artists who have been inspired by its remoteness and rugged beauty. Seeing this place today, it’s hard to imagine the devastation that was caused during the floods of 2004.
In recent years you may have seen Porthleven on the news when the extreme weather hits. It’s now iconic clock tower is the money shot for most photographers when the giant waves break over the harbour wall – and it can be a pretty wild place when the wind is blowing! The town is still a busy working fishing port but it’s harbour side streets are home to a great mix of shops, cafes, pubs and award-winning restaurants.
Narrow streets and steep valley sides lead down to the centre of the old Mevagissey where the distinctive twin harbour provides a safe haven for the many fishing boats that land their daily catch. Around the maze of streets you’ll find plenty of seafood restaurants that the village is renowned for. We love ‘Meva’ as it’s known locally, and it’s well worth a visit here…