There’s something to be said about going on holiday in England. Sometimes I think we’re so busy trying to see the world we forget we live in an incredible beautiful country that people from other nations covet. We got the opportunity to go to St Ives on a family holiday a few years ago. Two things I don’t really like. UK holidays and family holidays. Not entirely sure why we went to be honest. Turns out St Ives is stunning and I guess the family bit wasn’t so bad.
One of the prettiest towns I’ve been to in the UK, St Ives is a harbour town surrounded by beautiful sandy beaches, popular with surfers and families alike. Narrow cobbled streets with a great selection of shops and an even better selection of restaurants are frequented by tourist and locals alike.
There’s a huge range of accommodation on offer, from campsites to luxury hotels and everything in between. We decided to rent a beautiful cottage through The Cornwall Cottage Boutique which offers a stunning range of properties, all beautifully designed and in the best locations.
I would suggest going off peak if you can, the summer holidays attract a vast amount of visitors and it can feel overcrowded at times. Accommodation prices soar too and restaurants are often full. Parking can be tricky so be prepared to wait for a space.
My favourite thing to do in St Ives is walk the coastal paths and visit the beaches. We would walk the South West coastal path towards Lelant where you pass Porthminster Beach, Carbis Bay and up to Porthkidney Beach.
Go first thing if you can, we were often up and out by 7.30 so Bailey could have a run on the beach (check dog friendly beaches here) and a couple of times went as far as Lelant and back on the train to save tired legs. The beaches are vast and if you move away from popular Porthmeor and Porthminster, even at busy times, you can find a stretch of sand all to yourself.
The other thing I love St Ives for is the food. Oh my! You could eat out every night here for weeks in a different restaurant and have an amazing meal. So much of the produce is local and the fish is fresh off the fishing boats. We ate our body weight in all the things Cornwall is famous for – Cornish Pasty’s, Cream Tea’s and fish but it turns out its wider food scene is just as good. See my post on chicken here as well as the food and drink festival which is held each May.
The Cornish Deli
Porthmeor Beach Café
Scoff Troff Café
Harbour Fiish and Chips
Surf Shack Café (pictured below)
Beer & Bird – blog post here
In all honesty, there are other things to do in St Ives, the Tate Modern in popular, you can learn to surf and paddle board, visit the independent galleries and go on a boat tour. But for me, the thing that this place offers is tranquility. The beaches really are some of the best in the world and as much as I love the excitement of the airport and a flight, it’s nice to pack up the car, find a dog friendly cottage and have a home away from home for a week. Right on the doorstep. Just.