Places to visit on the south coast of Cornwall

Looking for some specific places to visit on the south coast of Cornwall during your time off from work this summer?

If you want to make the most of your holiday in Cornwall in 2016, including these towns on your hit list will satisfy this objective handily.

1) Looe

Looe Harbour, Cornwall

There is more to Looe than it being a nexus of tourism in Southeast Cornwall, as it is also well known as a fishing town even in the present day,

As such, make sure that you make a reservation at one of its vaunted seafood restaurants like Trawlers on the Quay (be sure to try the soft shelled crab) during your stay, as they make use of the fresh food that is close at hand in this tight-knit community.

If this type of cuisine isn’t your thing, you can still get a taste of this region by sampling a Cornish pasty from one of many street carts in town.

When you aren’t grazing on local food, make some time to stroll along the beach, as the cliffs and some of the most scenic cottages in Cornwall that loom above you will make for a dramatic backdrop as you soak in the bright sunshine of a brilliant summer day.  

2) Polperro

Polperro Cornwall

A small village that is nestled against the Cornish coastline and along a tight valley, Polperro is a charming place that any visitor to this region will love and appreciate.

Its atmosphere has been greatly aided by the local council’s decision to ban cars from the centre, meaning that those accessing Polperro via their own vehicle will need to park it in a lot at the northern edge of town, and take a shuttle bus to the core.

With art galleries, scores of homes that are hundreds of years old, and a rugged coastal walk from nearby Looe that appeals to outdoor lovers, this Cornish gem shouldn’t be missed when drawing up your itinerary.

3) Mevagissey


Backed by verdant Cornish countryside and tucked in a notch between the cliffs that define the coastline in this part of Cornwall, Mevagissey is another scenic town you’ll want to seriously consider adding to your list of places to visit on your holiday.

Like in Looe, the seafood and the Cornish pasties are highly touted; however, there are several unique attractions here that will lead you to include Mevagissey in your travel plans.

Mevagissey Feast Week at the end of June will give you a chance to mix with the locals as you sample the bounty of the sea in the style that residents have prepared it for generations, while those that are traveling with children will want to check out the World of Model Railways.

The latter attraction has been critically acclaimed by fellow travelers for its miniature environments through which thirty trains run. From mountains to cityscapes, it is a distraction that you need to see for yourself to understand the hype that surrounds this place.  

4) Falmouth


Looking to experience the best beaches and nightlife in Cornwall? Falmouth is the place you’ll want to centre your Cornwall holiday around, as these two strong suits will make your trip here great enough on its own without having to travel elsewhere in the region, you can even rent a boat at and go out to discover on your own.  

Gyllyngvase and Swanpool Beach will take your breath away with their turquoise waters and white sands, and with cafes that serve up simple yet satisfying treats on site, you’ll have everything you need for a perfect day by the sea.

When the sun goes down, Falmouth will not disappoint, as its central commercial district has no less than 15 bars packed into one square mile. This makes it easy to plan a pub crawl, as the next drinking establishment is only a short stumble away.

5) Fowey

Fowey Cornwall

Fancy sailing, whether as a spectator or as a participant? If so, Fowey is well worth a visit in the summer, as it is home to the nationally famous Fowey Regatta in mid-August.

While the yacht and sailboat races are exciting enough on their own, this festival also boasts a visit from the Red Arrows, parades, and a fantastic fireworks display.

If you can’t make it here during festival time, the medieval-era buildings, waterfront aquarium, and pleasure cruises that depart regularly from the quay still make Fowey a worthwhile stop on your holiday in Cornwall.

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Victoria Brewood

Hi I'm Victoria, a British girl from Manchester. After graduating from university I decided there was more to life than the hours between 9 and 5, so I packed my journalism degree into my suitcase to travel the world and find a way to make money at the same time. I now call London home, although I still travel whenever I can. I hope to inspire you to be your own boss, live life and see the world.

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