First recorded as a hamlet in the year 1313, Mevagissey was built up around its pilchard-fishing industry, and today maintains a fleet of fishing boats, the catches from which both locals and visitors alike can enjoy a short while later when eating at one of the many excellent eateries in town.
Mevagissey is as charming as its name suggests, especially the oldest part of the town around the harbour, where the narrow streets are lined with cafes, pubs, and gift shops. It retains an old-world charm, and the colourful houses and fishing boats make it a photographer’s delight. The aquarium makes for a fun visit for those with children, and the boat trips and fishing opportunities combine with the sound of the gulls overhead to reinforce the age-old atmosphere of where you are. Less than ten minutes’ drive from Mevagissey is one of South Cornwall’s star attractions, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, and the two can be combined into a fabulous day out.