The South of Cornwall offers ample opportunity for visitors to really soak up the charm of this popular county. Cosy fishing communities, sheltered sandy beaches, pretty estuaries and lush gardens offering tantalising views of the sea are all aspects that make this area so desirable to tourists.
In contrast to North Cornwall, the South offers a gentler, less wild and rugged option, and as a destination, it’s perfect for a relaxing holiday where time seems to move gently by. A variety of appealing locations can be used as your base, then it’s simple enough to explore the wonderful gardens, villages, beaches, and attractions that await you and your fellow travellers. Highlights include The Eden Project, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, and Falmouth, and communities such as Truro, Looe, Fowey, Polperro and Mevagissey all have their own distinct appeal. But as well as this, think pirating history, Winston Graham’s Poldark, exhilarating coast path walking and Daphne De Maurier, and you’re getting a picture for just how special South Cornwall is.
Probably the perfect base if you wish to be centrally placed in Cornwall, Truro is located in the heart of the county, and although a city with magnificent Victorian cathedral, it has the comfortable atmosphere of a country town, with cobbled streets, markets, and plenty of independent shops.
When people imagine what a charming Cornish fishing village might look like, they may well be picturing Polperro. This 13th century community is famed for its narrow streets, and the beautiful cottages that cling to the steep hillsides around the small harbour.
The vibrant university town of Falmouth offers an extensive array of appealing features for tourists and can be considered an excellent base from which to explore this area of the county. Up to date and appealing, with a youthful and safe air, Cornwall’s fifth largest town has history, heritage, and a love of the sea running through its veins.
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.
Fans of Daphne Du Maurier hold Fowey close to their hearts, since this is where the famous authoress lived for most of her life. It is locations around Fowey that inspired stories such as ‘Rebecca’, ‘Jamaica Inn’ and ‘Frenchman’s Creek’. However, Fowey offers plenty more besides the legacy that Daphne has left behind.
Popular with visitors since the latter part of the 19th century, Looe remains a buzzing coastal town, with all the amenities that a tourist could want, in the southeast of Cornwall. Being only twenty miles west of Plymouth, Looe is easily accessible, and a favourite with families as a base from which to explore this area of the county.