If you’re planning a trip to Cornwall, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to great holiday destinations. The region is famed for its sandy beaches and quaint seaside villages, giving visitors lots of options for places to stay on the coast. Rent a holiday cottage by the sea in St Ives, Padstow, Falmouth, or any number of lesser-known but equally delightful spots.
1. St Ives In this famous seaside town, you will not only be able to enjoy picturesque views of the town, but also a range of activities suited to many different types of visitors. The area offers a number of surf beaches and hiking trails for the active and adventurous, while culture lovers will be thrilled by the thriving local arts scene, notably the fine exhibitions of the Tate St Ives museum.
2. Padstow Equally popular with visitors, the fishing port of Padstow in northern Cornwall makes a great destination for beach lovers. The town and surrounding areas are blessed with spectacular, sandy beaches in between the rugged coastline, which are perfect for swimming or simply relaxing in the sun. Padstow is also well-known as a “foodie” destination, with a number of gourmet restaurants. Many of these restaurants are located by the harbour, so that you can take in a slice of maritime life as you dine.
3. Falmouth The port town of Falmouth centres around a thriving harbour, the modern legacy of a long maritime history. This can be seen in the main sea-based activities available here, as well as a number of sailing events including the Falmouth Regatta and the Pendennis Cup. The town is also the gateway to the Fal River, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which offers great walking, hiking and water sports opportunities.
4. Porthcurno The small village of Porthcurno sits in a small valley and has one of the most beautiful beaches in Cornwall. Less than 3 miles from Land's End, Porthcurno also has a fascinating history: the Porthcurno Telegraph Museum sits above a network of tunnels which were used to house top-secret equipment in the Second World War.
5. Charlestown This harbour village has gained attention in recent years because it is one of the main filming locations of the popular television series Poldark. The picturesque harbour is home to a number of tall ships, while the historic harbour itself dates back to the 18th century and is grade two-listed. The nearby scenic Porthgwarra Cove is another filming location used in the series.