Cornwall holidays know no limits, you could stay for a month and still have plenty to explore.
The amount of time you choose to spend in Cornwall, is reliant upon your holiday goals. Do you want to master surf lessons, visit lots of Cornwall’s fishing villages, and hike a chunk of the South West Coast Path? You’ll need longer than a weekend.
Something that is often overlooked is how stretched out the Cornish towns are. For example, if you’re staying in the beautiful seaside town of Bude on the north coast and want to visit St Ives in the west, it can be a four-hour round-trip, depending on traffic, couple that with some day trips to Cornwall’s famous attractions and a week is over before you know it.
Minack Theatre, Porthcurno
St Ives Surf School
If you’re used to living in a city and have chosen to holiday in Cornwall, the towns and villages will feel terribly small, but as a county everything is very spaced out. After all, there are three coasts to explore, as Cornwall boasts the longest coastline in the UK, over 600 miles. The option of hopping on a train to reach another destination isn’t out of the question but not as readily available, particularly in north Cornwall where public transport is lacking.
Some choose Cornwall as a holiday destination to simply switch off, and might want to spend all their time relaxing in their holiday cottage. Naturally, that doesn’t require as much time as a family holiday where children want to visit different attractions, and you want to tick off numerous beaches.
If you’re visiting as a family, we’d certainly recommend staying for a week, especially during the summer holidays. In fact, any self-catering property in Cornwall during the peak summer months usually offer a weekly stay as a minimum.
Out of season, because Cornwall is still deemed a summer destination, life certainly quietens down. Meaning fewer events, less traffic on the road, and some restaurants attractions may only open at the weekend. In turn, you may want to consider a weekend break in Cornwall giving enough time to see and do what you want. Because you’re out of season there will be cottages offering short stays, many with favourable discounts.
Padstow Harbour at Padstow Christmas Festival ©James Ram
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