West Cornwall is home to some of the county’s most known spots. If you’re visiting the west coast, our local guides to popular towns and villages will ensure you get the best out of your trip.
Arguably the most talked about has to be St Ives. Known for its incredible light, artists have long fallen in love with the dazzling St Ives. The air here is very clean, and the colour palette shifts to cool blue due to the magical interplay of reflections from the sea and the coast. Next door, and firmly put on the map thanks to the 2021 G7 Summit, Carbis Bay is an almost-tropical serene sanctuary not to be missed.
You won’t want to put your camera down in West Cornwall. In fact, Kynance Cove is one of the most photographed beaches in Cornwall, while Porthcurno with its Minack Theatre cut into the cliffs is a truly breath-taking sight to see. Stormy Porthleven probably gives the best waves in Cornwall on a southerly swell, whereas little fishing villages such as Mousehole the west provides a peaceful retreat in low season.
Other highlights include national Trust owned St Michael’s Mount in Marazion, Geevor Tin Mine near Penzance Penzance is one of the largest preserved mine sites in the country and a Cornish Mining World Heritage Site. Animal lovers should be sure to visit the Cornish Seal Sanctuary; a sanctuary for injured seal pups.
Foodies won’t be disappointed either, with celebrity chef and Michelin-starred restaurants being found here.
Beautiful, remote West Cornwall has something to offer everyone; from its heather-covered moorland, secret sandy coves, Iron Age standing stones, tin mines, and seen-to-be-believed astounding light.