Why do so many people choose to take holidays in St Ives – not just once, but again and again?
Often described as Cornwall’s ‘Jewel in the Crown’, the town is a true year-round destination. Springtime comes early, and autumns and winters are mild thanks to the warming Gulf stream.
Shops, galleries, bars and restaurants remain open throughout the year and there is always a bustling atmosphere, making it one of the UK’s most sought after holiday destinations.
St Ives has something for everyone
St Ives holidays are the best! Thanks to fantastic accommodation choices and a wealth of attractions to suit all tastes, you can’t go wrong with St Ives.
With four golden sandy beaches, clear Atlantic waters, cobbled streets lined with fishermen’s cottages, numerous art galleries, an array of fashionable shops, award-winning modern restaurants, cosy pubs, a picture postcard harbour, and some of the most spectacular coastal scenery in Britain, the place has something for everyone.
And all of this is within easy walking distance of Morveren.
Thanks in part to its inspirational light, the town has long enjoyed an international reputation as a vibrant arts mecca with Tate St Ives, the Leach Pottery and the Barbara Hepworth Museum & Sculpture Garden among the must-see attractions.
Feeling energetic? Why not go surfing or body-boarding from one of the Blue Flag beaches, stride out along the coast path, try your hand at mackerel fishing, hire bikes for the day, tee up at one of the many local golf courses, or explore some of the ancient antiquities in which west Cornwall is so rich.
A well-equipped Leisure Centre, cinema, and water sports offer further recreational opportunities.
And if you’re looking for fine dining, St Ives’ roster of nationally-acclaimed restaurants grows year on year, with mouth-watering menus to suit every palate and budget.
St Ives is the perfect base
Despite its popularity, the town has preserved much of its original character: it is still a fishing port, and ancient, narrow streets twist and turn inland from the harbour, making ‘Downalong’ a fascinating area to explore.
A little further afield, the coast road from St. Ives to Land’s End, and round to Penzance, is one of Europe’s most beautiful drives.
Perhaps take in a visit to the fairy-tale island of St Michael’s Mount, or the Minack Theatre, an open air amphitheatre, clinging to the granite cliffs above the beautiful sandy beach at Porthcurno.
And if you have more time on your hands, Truro, Falmouth, Newquay (with its award-winning zoo), St Austell (with the Eden Project), Padstow, Rock, St Mawes, the Helford River and the Isles of Scilly are all within easy reach.
However you choose to spend your time in this gorgeous part of the country, Morveren is ideally situated for exploring St Ives and West Cornwall, making it the perfect Cornwall holiday let.
What the travel guides say
“St Ives has long been a destination for fisherman and artists. It’s a beautiful little town with some excellent restaurants… All of the beaches around St Ives Bay are staggeringly beautiful” Lonely Planet Blue List
“A stone’s throw from the harbour area is a host of narrow streets and passageways comprising the old part of the town, all interconnecting and offering innumerable opportunities to explore. Whatever the reason for coming to St. Ives -the surfing on blue flag beaches, the coastal walks or the art, you can find it here.” www.VisitBritain.co.uk
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