Ah…the sublime south Cornish coast. And if you’re lucky enough to be staying in one of the area’s most picturesque destinations of Mevagissey, not only will the pretty harbour town itself present you with oodles to see and do – but the surrounding area offers some seriously special days out.
Nestled on the sleepy coast south of St Austell, Mevagissey’s allure isn’t a mystery – its easy-on-the eye quaintness reflects Cornwall’s traditional fishing culture while inviting visitors to lazily take it all in: narrow streets packed with shops, cafés, galleries and pubs; the buzzing all-year-round activity hub of the working harbour – always dotted with a rainbow of fishing boats; and array of mini attractions including the Lifeboat house, Folk Museum and aquarium – all set within easy strolling distance.
But for those seeking to explore the area and take in the myriad of other highlights on offer, there lies a spectacular range of sights and scenes to absorb during your Mevagissey stay…
Head east for the seaside spoils of one of south Cornwall’s most celebrated towns and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that is, Fowey. Accessible from Mevagissey via a scenic ferry ride, the seaport boasts everything from the exquisite estuary and its plethora of waterside villages to beaches, shops and galleries, historical landmarks, and natural harbour.
Indulge in watersports such as kayaking, sailing and windsurfing, along with activities including golf, fishing and horse riding – all of which can be as relaxed or adrenalised as you wish.
And with its location on the gorgeous Polperro Heritage Coast, the area is awash with top calibre walks and cycle trails for all levels and agendas.
The Roseland Heritage Coast
One of the south coast’s most stunningly unspoiled locations, The Roseland is a definite ‘to do’ while holidaying in the area.
From breathtaking countryside to a captivating collection of rivers, beaches and coastline – its scenery is guaranteed to stir the soul while allowing you to enjoy a variety of things to do, from bird watching and sea swimming to festival-going, shopping, eating and drinking.
Walkers are afforded a particular treat here: spectacular seascapes along the South West Coast Path meet rambling country lanes, concealed coves, World Heritage Mining Sites and softly winding creeks for a day out replete with natural eye candy.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan
Expect a mind-boggling bounty of blooms at this 200-acre sprawling mass of productive gardens and pleasure grounds, from giant palms and rhubarb to banana plantations, bamboo tunnels, farmland and woodland, it’s a veritable smorgasbord of flora and fauna for everyone from nature lovers to garden enthusiasts – or anyone on the hunt for an unforgettable dose of peace and beauty.
Shop, eat, meander, play, or enjoy an event to suit every age and individual desire as you explore one of Cornwall’s most magnificent natural spaces.
Beyond the old market town itself, St Austell is home to a string of coastal gems including filmmakers’ favourite of Charlestown to sweeping stretches such as Carlyon Bay.
And with nearby attractions such as the world-renowned Eden Project with its paradisaical plant-life, artworks, exhibitions, sculptures, events arena and living theatre – a day out from Mevagissey can prove a wildly rewarding experience for every type of visitor.
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