If 2021 allows, I’m sure Cornwall will be a huge staycation location of choice for many! Whenever we visit, we instantly want to re-book our next trip! A short and sweet summary of my favourite Cornish spots, featuring a lot of beautiful beaches!
An absolutely stunning beach – so much so that, having returned from Australia a few month’s prior, we were a little speechless to find a beach so perfect, with such brilliant-white sand and turquoise water in the UK!
We had lunch in the café just up from the car park – an extremely generous ploughman’s and a ridiculously full crab sandwich!
A busy town, but super pretty for a day out.
Greens of Padstow – we turned up in between breakfast and lunch service, when they’d stopped serving, so we headed to the crazy golf course just next door! After a quick round, we headed back to Greens and had a Cornish crab salad and warm crevettes in salsa verde – both delicious! Also worth it for the views across Padstow Harbour!
One of our Cornish friends recommended New Polzeath – and it didn’t come up on some maps, so we would never have found it otherwise!
We headed down to the little beach for a BBQ and to watch the sunset – but the sunset was also beautiful from the top!
Definitely worth a visit – the cliffs and views are absolutely beautiful. We walked along the coast to Sennen Cove (another stunning beach!) – where there was handily a bar for a cheeky cider, to fuel us for the walk back!
We didn’t actually explore the town but it looked crafty and quite cute!
The Hidden Hut overlooks the beach and is very tucked away! We parked at the top of the hill walked along a short coastal path but I think you can drive quite close to the beach. They serve hotpots (think Pret but 10 times better!) plus the obligatory creamy Cornish ice creams!
A lovely harbour town, with shops full of trinkets, gifts and nautical homewares. Daisy’s ice cream is delicious – just be careful of the seagulls!
Again, a very touristy, busy town but also a really lovely place to explore. If you can visit around the school holidays even better!
We did the scenic Hayle to St Ives coastal walk, which took us round the photogenic Carbis Bay before arriving at St Ives, with a drink en route on the terrace at the Carbis Bay Hotel.
Porthminster Kitchen – we went for dinner and it was delish! Super fresh fish and seafood. Try and book a table in the window – the views across the harbour are very pretty.
The Searoom by St Ives Liquor – tasty ‘proper’ cocktails
Porthmear Beach cafe & tapas has a rooftop terrace, which is great for a drink while watching the sunset over the beach.
An expansive sandy beach with a pretty sunset. We had a BBQ on the beach and didn’t see another person the whole time!
One of the most picturesque harbour towns, with quaint shops and restaurants serving fresh fish.
An olde-worlde harbour town that felt like a reassuring blast from the past.
The Eden Project
Notorious for a good reason. You’ll need at least 2 hours (ideally more!) to explore this flora and fauna haven.
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