There’s something magical about the town of St Ives, located on the picturesque Cornish coast. Quaint cobbled streets wind throughout the town, lined with colourful fisherman’s cottages. Follow them and you’ll reach the bustling harbour, and the clean golden beaches that thousands of people flock to each year. St Ives is charming, traditional and historic, with a touch of the continental that guarantees that you’ll experience that real ‘holiday’ feeling.
Stroll around wonderful art galleries, the most famous of which is the Tate. Admire wonderful works before visiting the many art shops to purchase a souvenir to take home. After a day admiring art, what could be better than a cocktail or glass of wine in a waterfront bar as you watch the setting sun? There are wonderful beaches that are ideal for an evening stroll, including Carbis Bay which is perhaps the most popular of them all. Art galleries are perfect for a rainy day, but don’t forget to spend some time on the sand as you soak up the sun.
St Ives isn’t a stand-alone holiday or short break destination. It’s a convenient base from which to explore other parts of Cornwall, as well. St Ives is just 40 minutes from Land’s End, for instance, with the option to drive through Penzance or to travel through the coastal Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Sample the flavours of Cornwall as you explore the region, or book a table at one of the many St Ives restaurants serving freshly caught fish and other flavourful dishes.
From your hotel in St Ives, you’ll be able to walk through picture-perfect streets, the likes of which you’ll only have seen on postcards. You can take things at your own pace, with plenty of time to relax. Walk down to the harbour, where you can watch the moored boats as they bob and sway on the surface of the crystal clear water, or look out from the bay to the Godrevy Lighthouse, standing on a rocky outcrop just a little more than three miles from the coast of the mainland.
However long you have for a short break or holiday in St Ives, you’re sure to enjoy a relaxing and refreshing stay. Don’t forget to pack your camera, because whether you’re staying close to your St Ives hotel or you’re touring Cornwall to see a wider range of sights, there will be a lot that you’ll want to capture as you make memories that will last for a lifetime.