Lately, all I’ve heard is how great Cornwall is, and how I absolutely must go on my next vacation. So of course, I had to do some research to find out just why everyone keeps telling me to go to Cornwall.
It turns out that Cornwall has been a number one destination for some time. Sure, it may not be the most exotic place to go, but for people with families, it’s a great place to go for a weekend or a week with the kids, without needing to worry about getting everyone onto a plane.
Instead, you can easily take a road trip to Cornwall, and enjoy plenty of stops along the way to have a picnic, grab a coffee, and stretch your legs. And once you arrive, you’ll feel like you’re in a completely different country- one where the pace of life is much slower than anywhere else in the UK.
For people like me who travel often, and like to escape the cold, I had my doubts about whether I would find enough warmth in Cornwall. But it turns out that the sub tropical climate has given the area a very different landscape, with incredible gardens at every turn. And for beach lovers, Cornwall is packed with long stretches of sand- and you can even bring your dog to many of them.
If you like a few quiet drinks, there are plenty of great pubs, and many of them are coastal or historic. You’ll find the locals to be warm and welcoming as well. And for those who like to party, Newquay is a hot spot for clubbing and surfing.
Another reason why Cornwall has risen in popularity? The ability to live off-grid. Backpackers love the place due to the ease of getting lost on the Cornish moors. Expect to stumble over incredible antiquities and landmarks if you’re planning to explore the countryside. You’ll see historic tin mines, cliff-set castles, crumbling churches, stone circles, and manor homes. The history is amazing in this part of the country.
There are also many incredible towns within Cornwall. Check out Looe and Polperro for a holiday. They’re just a few miles apart, and you’ll find plenty to get excited about. Looe is a working fishing port, and you’ll enjoy excellent seafood (check out the fish market). Polperro is a teeny-tiny fishing village, and is perched amongst rocky cliffs.
Cornwall’s staple industries used to be fishing, farming, and mining. These have almost disappeared, but the area has reinvented itself and is now known for one of the leading creative corners in the UK.
If you’ve been meaning to try pottery, begin writing a book, or do some painting, Cornwall is full of inspiration at every turn. Check out the markets where you’ll find local artists selling their wares.
As you can see, there’s a reason why so many people are talking about Cornwall right now. Have you been?