The world is full of amazing places to visit, from the Iguazu Falls of Argentina to the Phong Nha Caves of Vietnam, but while there is plenty of adventure to be had in jetting off to exotic locations in distant lands, dear old Blighty isn’t exactly short of exciting places to visit and things to do. The sunny shores of the UK’s Cornish coastline in particular are famed for their natural beauty, as well as for providing the perfect base for a traditional seaside holiday. You can even seek out something a little more daring, such as surfing or coasteering, if active breaks are what you’re after. This makes Cornwall the perfect destination for a tailored holiday that doesn’t break the bank, or even a last-minute getaway to recharge or let loose.
FROM LAND’S END TO THE CORNISH RIVIERA
Given that this stunning region is home to some of the UK’s most famous landmarks and attractions, while also boasting more than 300 incredibly varied beaches, it’s hardly surprising that Cornwall is a hugely popular holiday destination for both domestic visitors and guests arriving from further afield. Land’s End, for example, holds the prestigious title of being Britain’s most south-westerly point, while its imposing 200-foot cliffs help to make the spot one of the country’s most memorable landmarks. Elsewhere, following the coast past the impressive geology of The Lizard and turning east towards the charming village of Polperro, rests the globally acclaimed Eden Project. This epic tropical garden is housed inside a series of inspiring biomes, set within a crater that is reportedly the size of 30 football pitches! In fact, this site is so well regarded that it has been credited as the Best UK Leisure Attraction by the British Travel Awards no fewer than five times in a row between 2011 and 2015. If you’re looking for a taste of the tropics on your very doorstep, the Eden Project is a must see.
For anyone looking to sample a more traditional slice of Cornwall life, the Cornish Riviera is a remarkable stretch of coastline that combines golden sands, rolling green countryside and secluded coves with picturesque fishing villages and walking trails that are ideal for escaping the stresses of city life. This beautiful stretch of coast is resplendent with 22 stand-out beaches from St Anthony Head to Polkerris, so you’ll never be short of a new haunt to visit and explore.
Owing to its unique south-westerly position, Cornwall is directly in the path of prevailing winds that blow in from the Atlantic Ocean, but don’t be fooled into thinking that this a bad thing. In fact, the Cornish countryside benefits from the sunniest climate in the UK, while the rugged coastline and bracing winds offer truly excellent surf and opportunities for indulging in a plethora of water sports. This makes the region a hugely popular destination for taking part in active getaways, whether you’re an avid surfer or better suited to enjoying the life aquatic under the waves. There are several fantastic spots for surfing holidays across Cornwall, including the famous Fistral Beach, while the whole of the south coast is considered to be something of a playground for avid surfers. Cornwall is also an inviting diver’s paradise, with incredible wildlife including dolphins and basking sharks to discover, and innumerable wrecks to explore. The rugged cliffs along the Cornish coast also make wonderful bases for coasteering—an exciting activity that combines swimming, jumping from rocks, climbing and cave exploration. This can be experienced at the Harlyn Surf School, meaning that you can indulge in a wide variety of pastimes at one location.
CATCHING SOME REST
Of course, no holiday or short break is complete without a comfortable place to rest your head after an exciting day exploring everything that Cornwall has to offer. Choosing one of the several unique holiday cottages situated across the Cornish coast and countryside gives you a fantastic opportunity to stay in a home-away-from-home that combines the comfort and utility of a lovingly maintained hideaway, with a convenient place to store any gear you may have brought with you, such as surf boards and diving equipment. Cornish Horizons is a locally based holiday lettings company that offers an exciting portfolio of properties with everything from traditional design to splendid art deco style and beyond. Many of these unique holiday homes also offer commanding views of the coast or surrounding countryside, while luxury accommodations are also available for those who are looking for something extra special. With such a diverse selection of stunning holiday homes and so much to see and do in this amazing corner of Britain, there has never been a better time to get back to Blighty.