It’s been said that South Cornwall is the county’s most gentle part. If you’re visiting the south coast, our local guides to popular towns and villages will ensure you get the best out of your trip.
Known for its sailing waters, the south coast has some wonderful towns to visit, such as the vibrant university town of Falmouth with its harbour and Fowey with its narrow streets and beautiful historic buildings. Perhaps a visit to South Cornwall will see you visit Looe with its well-known banjo-shaped pier, or the harbour village of Charlestown steeped in history and complete with Poldark fame.
The south coast is certainly a little softer, beaches are smaller, with a more intimate feel. The waves are often smaller, too, as beaches here enjoy gentler, more sheltered sea, with clean water. The beaches are often pebbly or rocky but always pretty, such as the long-sheltered beach at Downderry, there’s light shingle and rockpools at low tide.
The duchy’s glorious larder is a reason in itself to visit South Cornwall, attracting celebrity chefs such as Michael Caines. It’s home to many attractions too, your days will be well spent here. From the iconic Eden Project near St Austell and twin castles of Pendennis and St Mawes to The National Maritime Museum Cornwall in Falmouth and the Cornwall’s capital city Truro.