When our trip to Prague was cancelled at the last minute, we decided a few days in Cornwall would give us the break we needed. Cornwall is somewhere that I have visited many times and is somewhere I will always return. Its beautiful sandy beaches, quirky unspoilt harbours and friendly locals has left me with fond memories and a passion to explore it further.
I love traveling and the UK has so many beautiful places which are often overlooked due to thinking we need to be getting on a plane to enjoy the sunshine. Well the weather certainly did not let us down and the sun was shining on us when we reached our Cornish destination of Looe. Looe is a small coastal town in south east Cornwall. It has 2 towns which sit on both sides of the river Looe which are accessible across a small bridge which joins the east to the west. Looe is paved with cobbled streets where you can leisurely browse the quirky shops dotted about the harbour. There is a small beach which is perfect for families visiting the area. The beaches in Cornwall are amazing and most definitely worth visiting a few whilst you are there. We stayed just outside of Looe in Millendreath at the Black Rock Beach resort. Millendreath is a hamlet in the parish of Looe, Cornwall and is situated two miles east of the town of Looe. I am very fortunate to have friends who live at Black Rock Beach so I didn’t have to arrange any accommodation, however there are chalets that can be booked there.
The resort itself is perfect for all ages. It’s location makes it a good place for exploring Cornwall and I tend to drive at least an hour or so in every direction trying to explore as much as I can to make the most of my stay. There is a cafe, shop and most importantly a bar on site. They all overlook the small secluded beach which is perfect for chilling the day away in the glorious sunshine. They even allow small fire pits on the beach as long as they are well away from the decking/ seating area. We had a small fire one warm evening while we sipped a glass or two of wine whiles chatting and listening to the waves break on the rocks, bliss. There is also a water sports hire shop located on the beach. We hired wetsuits which cost £5 for all day which I think is amazingly cheap. They also have body boards, canoes etc to hire. The staff at the cafe, bar and hire place are friendly and local so can give you a good idea where to eat and visit etc…
Being a member of The National Trust, I am never short of places to explore and whilst in Cornwall. I visited The Minack Theatre at Porthcurno, which is only a few miles from Penzance. This place is built into the cliff side and has stunning views of one of the nicest beaches in the UK. The theatre was built by one extraordinary women called Rowena Cade and the first performance was in 1932. I suggest reading a little about the history of this place as you will be astounded by her achievements. The cost to enter is £5 and worth every penny. After you visit the theatre make sure you take a trip down to the beach where you can take a dip in the aqua blue waters and dry off on the white sands of the captivating coved beach. Car parking is available but please bare in mind that the access to the beach is down an incline and may not be very accessible to those with limited mobility.
While you are in the area you may want to visit St Michael’s Mount which again is a bit of a trek but so worth the time if you are able.
On day 2 we drove across to Dazzling St Ives. This seaside town is known for its abundant of art galleries. You can see why artists have been flocking here as it is probably one of the most picturesque seaside towns in the UK which is host to a subtropical paradise of palm trees and golden sands where fun and adventure are at every turn making it a Mecca for every budding artist.
Gilmores Mexican Restaurant
We was fortunate to stumble across a tiny Mexican restaurant called Gilmores which is located on the harbour. You would most certainly miss this place as it’s not very well signposted and is above some shops. However wanting something different to eat than seafood we decided to have a mooch about to see what we could find. Don’t get me wrong the abundant of restaurants was plentiful and mainly offered fresh seafood dishes which sounded mouth-wateringly tempting to me, however my friend does not eat seafood! Was I glad as we would never have found this little quirky gem which delivers tasty, moderately healthy and very huge Mexican meals. We decided on the burrito meal which did not disappoint, it was enough to feed an army and the tastiest food I have tasted in a while. There is free wifi and if you are lucky you may get a window seat which allowed you to soak up the harbour sea view whilst you eat.
Each year they have a music festival on the beach in Looe. Always worth having a look online at who’s going to be headlining as it certainly a good time to visit. The festival is usually around the last week in September. I would most definitely recommend visiting Cornwall at least once in your lifetime, however once you go I’m sure it will be somewhere you return to time and time again… happy travelling ?