The old fishing port of St Ives is one of the best known gems of the Cornish coast and few visitors fail to be attracted by the resort’s many charms. The beautiful beaches of golden sand are within walking distance of Polmanter and are pefect for bathing, surfing or just relaxing. The old town of stone cottages clusters around the picturesque harbour filled with colouful fishing craft and here you will find pubs, restaurants, cafes, souvenir shops and surf shops as well as the many art galleries.
One of the great pleasures of St ives is that you can wander at will, exploring the small streets and alleys, many of which give glimpses of the harbour. It is impossible to get lost for nowhere is far away. Down’long is the true old part of St Ives on the low land between The Island and the mainland, with the harbour on one side and Porthmeor Beach on the other. This was the fishermen’s quarter of old but today many of the cottages are holiday lets.
The town has won the ‘Britain in Bloom’ competition many times and several European titles too. There’s a blaze of colour all around the town: houses smothered in baskets of blooms, parks and public areas a rich spectrum of radiant colours. The mild climate and almost frost-free winters makes it possible to grow plants and shrubs normally native to semi-tropical countries hundreds of miles further south.
Tate St Ives, part of the Tate Gallery in London, is a stunning building with a varying exhibition of local and national works and well worth a visit. The Gallery’s inspirational building stands high above the magnificent surfing beach of Porthmeor and features exhibitions which represent the modern ‘St Ives School’ of painters such as Peter Lanyon, Patrick Heron and Sir Terry Frost as well as a changing programme of other contemporary work. Allied to Tate St Ives is the Barbara Hepworth Museum, a lasting memorial to the great sculptress who lived and worked in St Ives at her Trewyn Studio. Her workshop has been carefully preserved and made accessible; the gardens and house contain many examples of her work and some of her finest pieces.
Whether you wish to relax on one of the beaches, walk around the coastal paths, swim, surf or shop, St Ives has all you require for an enjoyable holiday.