Across all of mainland Britain, Penzance is the most westerly major town. The town’s name itself has evolved from Cornish word ‘Pensans’ which means ‘holy headland’. Penzance’s harbour developed over the 16th and 17th centuries, but nowadays you’ll find all of the action in nearby Newlyn which has a bustling working fishing harbour.
Penzance’s wonderful Jubilee Pool is not to be missed either, a large triangular art deco open-air lido where you can even paddleboard. If surf is on the cards, then the closest surfing beach is Perranuthnoe an exposed beach break that has reasonably consistent waves, less than 6 miles from Penzance. A similar distance to ride some waves is Porthmeor beach near St Ives.
You are never far from the inviting view of St Michael’s Mount here. When the weather is on your side, enjoy an outing to Marazion via a level seawall walk, cross the causeway on foot or by boat trip depending on tides.
Marazion beach is a ten-minute drive from Penzance which is one the most serene spots in the evening. The beaches are amazing for sunsets, with the backdrop of the castle on the mount.