I've sussed out the best spots you need to visit if you're coming to Cornwall this summer. I'll let you know the best places to eat, walk, surf & swim!
1. Kynance Cove
Kynance Cove is one of the most stunning beaches in the UK, its clear waters and fine sand make it a very special place. It’s part of the National Trust (free parking if you’re a member!). There is a 10/15 minute walk from the car park to the beach, this beach is not for swimming but more to walk on and have a lovely cream tea at the Cafe and admire the views. This beach is part of the South West Coastal Path which you can walk up to Mullion (long walk) or down to the Lizard Village (only 40 mins). Make sure you go at low tide to Kynance Cove as there is no beach when it’s high tide! Also keep an eye on the tide when you’re visiting. This beach gets very popular in the summer, so be aware!
Pros: There’s no place quite like it and the cream tea at Kynance Cove cafe is to die for
Cons: Steep walk down but its so worth it.
2. Cadgwith Cove
Cadgwith cove is on the Lizard Peninsula, south Cornwall. It’s a beautiful working fishing village with a lovely community. Make sure to book a Table at the Cadgwith inn on a Friday night to see the fisherman sing sea shanties at 9pm. It’s Perfect place to watch the world go by and see the old fishing boats come in and out of the Harbour. Treat yourself to the best fish and chips at the Cadgwith Inn followed by a small walk on the south west coastal path to the Devil's Frying Pan, also a National Trust site. (Remember to park outside the village in the car park as there is no space once you drive into the village!)
Pros: Best fishing village in Cornwall
Cons: Make sure you park at the top of the village and walk down - it gets very narrow in the village.
3. Sennen Cove
Sennen Cove is on the westerly side of Cornwall, the perfect place to go surfing or body boarding. Its long beaches and clear waters make the perfect beach to make a day trip out of it!
Pros: Absolutely stunning beach, great for kids.
Cons: It's far away from a lot of places in Cornwall as its so westerly, might be a long drive.
Mevagissey is the perfect place to stay whilst on holiday in Cornwall as you’ve got the lovely town with gorgeous independent shops and the beautiful harbour with great pubs in. You’ve also got the Eden project nearby as well as the Lost Gardens of Heligan.
Pros: So much to do there, lots of variety.
Cons: It gets very busy in the summer, choose your dates wisely!
5. The Helford River
The Helford river is located on the south of Cornwall on the Lizard Peninsula. There are lots of lovely villages to explore, but my favourite is the Helford village itself. The village is so picturesque and the cottages are to die for - have a wander round and end up at the shipwrights arms for a drink. If you fancy taking a ferry boat over to the other side (Helford passage) a great place to hire kayaks and paddle boards so you can explore the river with your friends and family! Read a Daphne Du Maurier book before you visit, once you’re there you’ll feel like your living in the books! There are also great south west costal paths all around the Helford, if you’re a keen walker, you’ll love this place.
Pros: It never gets crazy busy except august bank holiday.
Cons: Make sure you get the tides right otherwise you might be dragging your kayak for a while! Also roads are very narrow and tight from Helston to Helford.
Porthcurno is a National Trust beach located in West Cornwall. It’s one of the most stunning beaches, make sure to go at low tide. Right next to Porthcurno is the Minack Theatre which is an outdoor theatre which has shows on during the summer. You can still go and visit the open air theatre in the day the when there are no shows on. Porthcurno is also known for its history as it holds an International Submarine Communicates Cable Station, which the cables used to link from Porthcurno to India! Porthcurno was chosen instead of Falmouth as they were worried big ships would damage the cables.
Pros: The waters are so clear - you’ll forget you’re in Cornwall!
Cons: Quite a long drive to get to.
7. St Ives
St Ives is famously known for its light, that’s why so many artists flocked there years ago to paint and to be inspired by this amazing place. St Ives has a bit of everything, beach, shops and galleries. Definitely take a trip to the Tate St Ives (great for kids too) and the Barbara Hepworth museum - you’ll feel so inspired afterwards! After your gallery visit, treat yourself to a cream town in the bustling town and sleep it off on the beach in the afternoon! You can get to St Ives by train & car. You’re spoilt for choice for beaches around St Ives, there is Porthminster beach and Carbis Bay which are definitely worth a visit!
Pros: One of the best Cornish towns to see
Cons: Highly busy in the summer - and can be a nightmare to park. Choose your time wisely!
Falmouth is a very creative town located on the south coast of Cornwall. It’s a university town filled with artists and designers making it a very special place. Packed with independent shops (especially on the old high street) and amazing restaurants you won’t ever get bored. Definitely try Gylly Beach cafe fish & chips - it won’t let you down. Whilst you’re at Gylly beach, hire yourself a paddle board and explore Falmouth’s coast line! You can get to Falmouth easily by car and train. (If you’re taking the train make sure you get off at “Falmouth town” not “Falmouth Docks”.)
Pros: It's always got a lovely bustling feel, even in the winter - perfect place for a weekend winter break.
Cons: Parking get can get busy, make sure you get there early!
9. St Micheal's Mount
A beautiful national trust site which you need to go and see! A great one to take the family at low tide, where you walk the stoney path to the island. There is a fee to get inside the castle but its totally worth it on a family day out! Make sure you go at low tide.
Pros: Great place for kids and a family day out.
Cons: Check the tides!
10. Port Issac
Before you go to Port Isaac watch the film Fishermans Friends - after watching it you’ll be even more excited to go to Port Isaac! Port Isaac is a lovely small fishing Cornish village and its the film location for Doc Martin, if you’re a super fan of Doc Martin I’ve been told there are tours of all the locations seen in the series! Every Friday (pre-COVID19) the original Fisherman Friends sing for charity on the harbour to raise money - you’ll feel like you’re living the film! Port Isaac has a lovely pub and a great restaurant on the harbour side with lots of lovely cafes in the village, this place won’t disappoint.
Pros: A stunning Cornish village
Cons: Will get very busy in the summer due to its popularity.