Cornwall is carries a strong identity that is unlike to anywhere else in the UK, with a distinct history, unique culture and even its own language. West Cornwall is the choice of many visitors heading to this diverse region, as it offers some of the best beaches and surfing options, historical towns such as St Ives and Penzance, and close proximity to Land’s End – the very tip of south-east Britain.
Many people head to Cornwall for a beach holiday, and West Cornwall boasts some of the finest beaches in the UK, with clear waters and great surfing opportunities. Some of the most popular beaches lie at St. Ives, Perranporth and Sennen. There are also many historical landmarks to visit and a great range of art and culture museums to be enjoyed.
St Ives is a picturesque town that attracts many tourists every year to its cobbled streets and great beaches. The town has a laid-back atmosphere, and is perfect for culture-vultures, with a branch of the Tate Gallery, the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden and other art and history attractions some of the main draws. St Ives also has great beaches, of both the sand and pebble variety.
Further great surfing beaches lie at Sennen, Carbis Bay and Perranporth, and breathing in the crisp ‘Cornish Champagne’ sea air certainly is exhilarating. As well as surfing, many other water sports can be found on these beaches, and you can also explore the rock pools and tranquillity of the many pebble beaches than also exist along the west coast.
Penzance is another great destination from which to base yourself when enjoying a holiday in West Cornwall. The town has many historical museums such as the Maritime Museum and the National Lighthouse Museum, as well as a promenade and open-air bathing pool – one of the oldest of its type in the country, and St Michael’s Mount, a famous 14th Century castle.
No vacation in West Cornwall would be complete without a trip to Land’s End, the tip of the south-east mainland, which offers some excellent photographic opportunities. The most southerly point is at Lizard, a few miles to the south-east.
Cornwall receives possibly the best climate in the UK, with mild winters and warm and sunny summer months. The best months to visit are June, July and August, with an average temperature of 18C – though these are also the busiest tourist months. Crowds can be avoided by visiting West Cornwall out of this period, when temperatures drop just a few degrees.
Newquay Cornwall Airport (NQY) is the nearest airport to West Cornwall, and lies around 12 miles from your holiday rental destination in West Cornwall. Most incoming flights are of the domestic variety, so foreign visitors may need to change at aLondonairport. Plymouth Airport (PLH) is an alternative option, but requires a slightly longer drive upon arrival.