The county of Cornwall, in the southwest corner of England, has not only the longest coastline but also the sunniest climate anywhere in Britain. Add the wealth of historical attractions and incredibly scenic countryside and you have a holiday destination that may be the most delightful you’ve ever seen. National Geographic cited Cornwall as one of the world’s greatest places for a driving tour, but arguably it’s the stop-overs that are most entrancing for visitors.
Cornwall’s northwestern coast on the Atlantic, or Celtic Sea, is rugged and relatively wild, while the southern regions offer a more sheltered coastline with safe harbours and swimming beaches; and has earned the name of ‘the Cornish Riviera’. Wherever you go, you’ll find there is more to see and do than could ever be included in a single outing, so we’ll just mention a couple of the possibilities.
Newquay is where to be if you want the county’s most inviting beach and surfing spot plus lively nightlife. Seven miles of soft sand and the long warm summer (spring comes in February as a rule) make this a very inviting location.
Just three miles from Newquay, Holywell Bay offers a beautiful mile-long beach owned by the National Trust. The actual Holy Well is either in a cave next to the beach or under the 18th tee of the golf course; depends on who you ask.
If legend were fact, the ruins of King Arthur’s court can be seen at Tintagel, on the wild north coast of Cornwall. It’s a steep climb to reach the castle on its windy headland, but well worth the treat to your imagination.
The Penwith Peninsula, beginning with St. Ives with its famed artist colony and galleries, provides a sensory overload of natural beauty and ancient castles, but there are quite a few memorable bed-and-breakfast accommodations as well as travel parks where you can relax and absorb the ambiance, not to mention possibly the best Cornish pastries in the world.