If you’ve decided to stay here in the UK for this summer’s holiday, Cornwall is a popular choice for all the family. With all the great holiday destinations across the county however, picking where to stay can be a bit daunting! Here’s a look at ten of the best areas and towns in which to stay:
One of Cornwall’s most famous towns – it has everything you could want from a Cornish destination; a harbour, brilliant beaches, plenty of restaurants and café, galleries and shops. There is a cosmopolitan feel to the resort come summer but in autumn-winter it’s just as appealing due to its attractive traditional fisherman’s cottage
This seafaring town is pronounced ‘Foy’ to rhyme with ‘Joy, rather than ‘Fowie’ to rhyme with TOWIE! Explore the winding streets and make sure you have your camera ready for the lovely sea views; there are many excellent places to eat here and the boat trips, galleries and shops are another highlight of the destination. It has a small beach and a woodland walk nearby.
You may have heard of Mousehole from the popular children’s story book ‘The Mousehole Cat’ but aside from mythical moggies, Mousehole has wonderful scenery and excellent fishing opportunities to offer. This historical fishing village is peaceful and attractive, a nice quiet spot to holiday. It’s also known for its delightful Christmas decorations come the end of the year, so might be the place for a Cornish winter break.
Located on the Lizard peninsula, Coverack is a pretty fishing village known to be an historic smuggler’s hide out. It has sand and shingle stretches of beach as well as a nice walled harbour, cafés, a pub, a few nice shops and art galleries. Great access to coastal path walks – which can provide days of natural inspiration.
Gwithian & Godrevy Hayle
More spectacular beaches here with dramatic cliff walks and excellent surf opportunities to boot. Both Gwithian and Godrevy are located just a couple of miles outside of Hayle and make a wonderful place to stay nearby, whatever the weather. Alongside surfers; kayakers, walkers and beach dwellers will also find the local area appropriate. Lifeguards are on hand in the summer seasons to make sure that all water sports activities are conducted safely. Families will enjoy exploring the rock pools.
A picturesque village which has stretch upon stretch of sandy beaches to wander. There is also a historic lifeboat station and quaint old fishing harbour, it’s a popular visit for locals and tourists alike so as you can imagine can get pretty busy come the summer. There are a few nice places to eat and drink as well as a surf shop and gallery, but this is the sort of destination for those who prefer their holiday resorts to be tranquil.
This historic coast side market down offers beautiful views over Mounts Bay and has a promenade on which to stroll or sit and unwind to appreciate them. You’ll find plenty of shops, nice places to eat and children’s playgrounds as well as interesting Celtic surroundings and historic buildings nearby too. Art lovers should take a visit to the Newlyn Gallery and Penlee House Gallery, whilst those who fancy a trip to the Isle of Scilly should book themselves aboard the Scillonian III passenger ferry boat.
Eleanor Cape is a lifestyle blogger and mum of two, who when not blogging enjoys secret shopping the hotels in Cornwall where she holidays locally with her husband and daughter.