It’s true what they say, you rarely travel in your own backyard. Holidaying here in the UK certainly didn’t seem like the obvious choice for Britain’s until the credit crunch struck, but there are many reasons to discover the gems of this great isle aside from the financial benefits.
The south coast has become a particularly popular destination for those planning a ‘staycation’ with Cornwall a premier location for family holidays, student getaways and romantic breaks. If you’re not sure what Devon’s neighbouring county has to offer, here are 10 great reasons to visit Cornwall:
Cornwall is home to some of the finest beaches in the whole of the country, a recent survey on Tripadvisor put Newquay, Bude, Harlyn Bay and St Ives all on the UK’s best beach destination list. There are over 100 beaches, big and small, to choose from! Many of the beaches have been awarded the Blue Flag award. The county has also become synonymous with surfers, with 300 miles of coastline there’s no surprise you’ll find some great surf opportunities around the way. There are plenty of surf stores and school on offer too.
The UK may not be known for a pleasant climate, but if you want to find the warmest spots in the country, holiday in Cornwall. The Gulf Stream leads to milder temperatures throughout the year. A nice bonus when you’re out enjoying all of the county’s beaches.
A visit to Cornwall allows plenty of chance to indulge yourself, from the many luxury hotels to the plethora of excellent eateries. Taste the fresh fish delights, caught daily, in famous venues like Jamie Oliver’s ‘Fifteen’ and Rick Stein’s Padstow fish restaurant. Then there’s the lunchtime favourite like a freshly baked Cornish pasty or a Cornish cream tea – always served with jam and then cream.
Family days out
Cornwall is packed with excellent family suitable attractions, so you’ll always find something to do. The Eden Project is one of today’s most iconic visits, with its exotic biomes and indoor rainforest. Other attractions designed for the kids include: Newquay Zoo, Flambards museum and theme park, Crealy Park, Paradise Park and The Monkey Sanctuary.
If you want to experience quintessential Britain, explore the many quaint fishing towns and villages with working harbours filled with coloured fishing boats. Don’t miss Padstow, St Ives, Mousehole and Fowey.
Not everyone enjoys walking holidays, but the occasional walk across the Cornish countryside and cliff tops will have even the most sceptical ambler enthralled. Pack your camera and take in the vast expanses of natural wonder that make up this area of outstanding natural beauty. The great thing about Cornwall’s walking routes is that they are completely free to do, giving you spare cash to stop for an afternoon tea or pub lunch along your way.
Alex Mathew is a travel writer from the UK. As well as the occasional city break abroad, He loves lodge holidays in Cornwall with his family.