Once a busy fishing and trading port, lovely Looe is a town of two parts: east and west. On the South Coast of Cornwall it’s well-known for its banjo-shaped pier, cleverly built as a circle to avoid silting up where the river meets the sea.
A popular Cornish seaside town, there are plenty of beaches to discover. East Looe Beach is a beautiful beach, set by the coast path, as it’s sheltered by the Banjo Pier the water is generally calm. Millendreath is a great little beach with a bistro cafe and boats to hire in the summer, while rocky beach Talland Bay has some fabulous rock pools.
If it’s an adrenaline hit you’re craving, for your best chance of some good surf head to Whitsand Bay in south east Cornwall. When the conditions are good and a decent swell rolls in from the west it’s a surfing hotspot, with nearly four mile stretch of sand. It’s just over 20 minutes from Looe by car.