While the north and west coast in Cornwall is best known for sunsets, Falmouth’s sky puts on quite the performance too. Watch the sky fill with pinks, purples and orange colours as the sun reaches the horizon and the light has to travel through more of the atmosphere.
While you won’t always be able to see the illumination, it is said that both sunrises and sunsets are best in the winter, in January or February. It’s not unusual to see amazing pink, orange and purple hues in the sky. Check the sunset time before you make a plan, in the summer it’s around 8:30/9pm depending on the month.
Falmouth is surrounded by water, meaning you’re never far from a good sundowner spot, preferably with a drink in hand. Here are some of our suggestions for a memorable sunset in Falmouth.
Naturally one of Falmouth’s beaches would be a good place to watch the sun go down. If the conditions are right you can see some lovely sunsets from Gyllyngvase Beach. Why not grab some fish and chips from Harbour Lights and watch the sun disappear into the sea?
You might want to stay in your car at Pendennis Point, or venture out to the headland and catch the sunset here. With a backdrop of fishing boats and larger ocean liners on the horizon, it’s pretty spectacular. On one side you can see the iconic St Anthony’s Lighthouse, and to the other you’ll spot Maenporth plus views of the harbour. Awash with pretty colours, the reflection off the sea is fascinating to watch.
Positioned 16 meters into the seabed beside Grade II listed harbour wall of Fish Strand Quay, you can’t get much closer to the water’s edge that Indidog Eatery. With uninterrupted views of the harbour, the boats, the Roseland Peninsula and the Carrick Roads it’s a blissful spot for a Falmouth sunset. The cocktails and mocktails are reasonably priced and delicious, and the perfect accompaniment to a beautiful sky.
Across the Carrick Roads, the grassy banks surrounding National Trust-owned St Anthony Head is a great spot to watch the sunset over Falmouth. Take a blanket, or find a bench, and watch the sun disappear over Falmouth Harbour. You get a great view from here as you’ll have Falmouth Harbour in your sights, as well as St Mawes and Pendennis Castle.
A little further along the Harbour is Falmouth’s oldest hotel, The Greenbank Hotel. A wonderful spot to enjoy a Falmouth sunset, you’re surrounded by the harbour with its bobbing boats. Whether you watch it from the pontoon, the outside tables, or in the hotel’s elegant bar or sister pub the Working Boat, there’s a selection of tempting cocktails, wine and spirits to enjoy, too.
A trip to The Pandora Inn is always special, but time it right and catching a sunset here is just wonderful. A destination pub and restaurant dating back to the 13th century, it’s situated on the edge of Restronguet Creek, five miles from Falmouth. Head out to the pub’s pontoon where there’s plenty of outdoor seating, and appreciate the relaxing water that surrounds as the sun departs for the day.
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