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Best Cornwall Fishing Villages and Harbours
Cornish Harbours and Fishing Villages
Cornwall is famous for its fishing villages and harbours. Despite being some of Europe's most popular holiday destinations, they have remained largely unspoiled. If you want to visit a spectacular coast which is free from high-rise hotels, six-lane highways, shopping malls and apartment complexes, head to Cornwall.
Handsome harbour with literary connections on the Fowey River
Sit outside a historic pub on town quay and watch people messing about in boats on the Fowey River
Take a river-boat trip up the beautiful wooded river valley of the Fowey Estuary and follow in the steps of Wind in the Willows author, Kenneth Grahame
Visit the Daphne du Maurier Literary Centre and find out how the local area inspired her novels
Take the Ferry to the picturesque port Mevagissey and look out for dolphins on the way
Wander around Georgian streets lined with boutique shops, cafÃ©s and art galleries
Take the car or foot ferry across the River to Boddinick where Daphne du Maurier once lived or to the exquisite mini-port of Polruan
There's really no public parking right in the town centre, so you have to park at the top of the hill and walk down, which takes about five minutes - more on the way back.
Handsome georgian port with turquoise waters, tall ships and a waterside pub.
Visit Charlestown Shipwreck Centre and see the Mary Rose and other wrecked ships brought to life
See 18th century square riggers ships in the harbour
Stop for lunch at the Harbourside Inn
Walk along the coast path to nearby DuPorth Beach for a swim
This is quite small harbour aound it doesn't take very long to walk around it
Busy Cornish fishing harbour with an impressive artistic heritage
Visit Newlyn Art Gallery and find out all about the the Newlyn School, a colony of artists working in Newlyn from the 1880s
See an authentic working Cornish harbour and the UK's largest fishing fleet at work
Buy the freshest fish you're ever likely to taste
Join in the annual Newlyn Fish Festival
Walk through a maze of ancient alleyways
Pleasure craft can be catered for in the harbour but facilities are limited and the fishing boats always take priority
Pretty low-key harbour tucked away on the Roseland Peninsula.
Stroll around a lovely working harbour ringed with pubs and restaurants. Head to the end of the breakwater for the best views
Take to Ferry to Fowey in summer
Visit the Lost Gardens of Heligan just outside the village
Explore the South West Coast Path, where'll you find secret beaches and jewel-like bays
Mevagissey is a bit quiet in January and February, when many of the shops shut
In August the village can get gridlocked as streets through the town are single lane and very narrow - best to leave the car in car park on the way in
Jewel-like miniature fishing port across the water from the equally gorgeous Fowey.
Eating and drinking at the waterside Lugger Inn
Swimming on the tiny harbour beach.
Watch the magical lantern festival in August, part of the summer carnival
Getting the foot ferry (really a small boat) across the Fowey Estuary on a summer evening
Quite difficult to get to from Fowey by car f you coming from the West. The quickest way is to get the car ferry from Fowey to Boddinick. Alternatively, take the foot ferry from Fowey.
Gourmet-fish-and-chip capital of the world, Padstow also has great beaches, and a lively year-round buzz.
Explore vast sandy beaches where the Camel Estuary meets the sea
Stroll around the pretty harbour with its one-off shops and art galleries
Try arguably the best fish and chips in Cornwall
Arty light-flooded harbour popular with yachties and painters.
St Mawes is at the end of a peninsula, so it has the sea on three sides - views are stunning.
It's one of the sunniest places in Cornwall and sheltered too.
It has two beaches, Tavern Beach, in the town, and Summer Beach, just outside. Summer Beach is biggest and best.
Scenic Ferries, and boat trips are many. Choose from a chip-fat powered boat to Place, a ferry to Falmouth, and a scenic cruise up Carrick Roads and the Truro River to Truro.
There's not much to to the town centre - It doesn't take that long to walk around and see everything.
You might feel a bit hemmed in if you don't have a car, as there's quite a long walk to get to the footpaths.
It's quite difficult to get to by car, and once there you have to double back along the same road to get out. It's probably best to visit by there by Ferry
Frequently voted the UK's best seaside town, St Ives has come into its own in the last ten years. It now has a lively year-round season.
Visit the Tate St Ives, one of Britain's best art galleries and the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden
St Ives has a beach for every day of the week. Swim in the shalllow sheltered waters of Harbour Beach; surf in the wild Atlantic at Porthmeor Beach; sunbathe, play golf swim and eat with the family at an award-winning restaurant at Porthminster Beach; take the dogs for a swim at the dog-friendly Bamaluz Beach; and catch the early morning sun at Porthgwidden Beach.
Choose from dozens of eateries, from a pub on the beach to a gourmet burger bar.
Visit in February and escape freezing weather elsewhere in UK
Take a boat trip to seal island down the coast.
St Ives can get crowded in summer, and parking is always a bit of challenge. Try taking the train instead. The branch line from St Erth is one of the UK's most beautiful train journeys.