If you have yet to experience the joys of St Ives in West Cornwall – or are simply contemplating a return visit, here are ten very good reasons to book a break at Morveren in 2011.
1. Four fabulous beaches
With their fine golden sand and crystal clear waters, Porthminster (5 minutes’ walk from Morveren), Porthmeor, Porthgwidden and Harbour Beach are all stunning. They offer something for families, surfers, swimmers, sun-worshippers, walkers and people-watchers alike. All are within 10 minutes of each other.
2. Mouth-watering menus
Seafood fans (Newlyn scallops, Cornish crabs, line-caught mackerel) need look no further, but the town is brimming with world class restaurants and cafes catering for all tastes, many offering spectacular views over the Atlantic.
3. Jaw-dropping scenery
Spring, summer, autumn or winter, the ancient landscape of West Cornwall boasts some of the finest coastal scenery in the country which has inspired artists for generations. It’s a paradise for walkers and cyclists, and there are ample opportunities to recharge with a pint and a pasty at a village inn.
4. Mild climate
Thanks to the influence of the Gulf Stream, the unique micro-climate allows beautiful sub-tropical gardens to thrive – and means T-shirts and shorts may be the order of the day as early as March. The jewel in Cornwall’s crown, St Ives is warmer than the rest of the UK and really is an all year-round destination.
5. Eye-opening galleries
For starters, check out Tate St Ives, the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, and Leach Pottery – and soak up the work of some of the greatest figures in modern art.
Then explore the Sloop Craft Market, Alexandra Dickens Studio Gallery, New Millennium Gallery, Pilchard Place Gallery, Salthouse Gallery, Wills Lane Gallery and more…
6. Surf’s up!
St Ives can pick up some excellent surf at Porthmeor Beach, and Gwithian/Godrevy off Hayle Towans. The local surf schools cater for all abilities – but be warned: if you’ve not tried it before, it’s totally addictive!
7. The perfect base
St Ives is mesmerising and packed with things to see and do – but you certainly won’t be disappointed if you head further afield. Explore stunning National Trust houses and gardens, beautiful fishing villages, the Eden Project, Minack Theatre, St Michael’s Mount and the National Maritime Museum.
8. Land of legend
West Cornwall is rich in archaeological sites of ancient villages, quoits, standing stones, mysterious stone circles and ruined tin mines. Take a trip back through time and discover how archaeology and folklore have shaped the Cornwall of today.
9. Sporting chance
As well as surfing, why not try your hand at water sports, sailing, fishing, golf or horse-riding? St Ives also offers a very well-equipped Leisure Centre and Swimming Pool.
10. September Festival
Every year, the St Ives September Festival celebrates the town’s artistic heritage with a dazzling two week programme of live music, exhibitions, poetry readings, workshops and much more.
We hope the above will whet your appetite, whether you are looking for a short break or your main holiday. For latest availability and prices, please call Aspects Holidays on:01736 754 242. Special offers are sometimes available out of peak season.
Have a great time and we look forward to seeing you soon!