Cornwall has the wildest coastline in the southwest, and some of the most incredible beaches you’ll see anywhere.
While the staple industries like farming, fishing, and mining have basically disappeared, Cornwall managed to reinvent itself as one of the country’s creative corners.
If you love to surf (or you plan to learn) Cornwall is the place to do it, with an Atlantic swell waiting for you to give it a go. And if you’re a more sedate type, long walks along the breathtaking coastline are waiting for you.
Cornwall is well known for its artistic community. Potters, sculptors, and painters come for the rugged beauty, intense light, and big skies. Spring comes to Cornwall early, and you’ll see daffodils blooming in January while magnolias and camellias are around in mid-February.
June and July are great months to visit, as you’ll find it dry and warm- it never gets too hot here. You may find August wet, but September and October is when the water is the warmest. Winter is damp here, but it’s pretty mild and it’s a great time to go explore some of the sheltered valleys.
The food is also great in Cornwall, and if you haven’t yet tried Cornish Pasties, you’ve been missing out. You’ll also find excellent fish ’n’ chips here, and there’s a surprisingly good food scene, with Tolcarne Inn, The Shore, and Seafood Restaurant all standouts.
Accommodation is plentiful, and you can find a variety of different options here. From holiday parks to large hotels, to a cottage on the coast of Cornwall, there really is something for everyone, regardless of your budget and travel style.
Be sure to take your camera when you visit Cornwall, as there are so many sights to see. Check out the Minack, which is Cornwall’s answer to the Regent’s Park outdoor theatre. You’ll find a variety of shows here, including musicals, opera, drama, and comedy.
While you’re in Cornwall, check out some of the many little towns. St Ives is where you can take the chance to buy some local art. Charleston is a nice quiet harbour which is a great place to get away for some peace and quiet. Penzance is full of great restaurants and home to a number of artists.
Are you convinced that Cornwall is the place to go? If you haven’t yet visited, make sure your next holiday is to Cornwall, and be sure to let me know all about it in the comments!