Along the Cornwall coast sits a town that can boast of warm, golden world-class beaches, cobbled streets steeped in history, legend and tradition that twine around quaint cottages and local arts and crafts displayed in a variety of beautiful gardens. The Ancient town of St. Ives offers everything in the way of a family vacation, a romantic getaway, some much-needed time with friends or just a break from it all for the individual. St. Ives is the place to be.
Named best seaside town of 2007 by The Guardian newspaper, St. Ives is the ideal place to get away from the stresses of everyday life, further proven by the amazing number of artists residing there. It's no secret that St. Ives is a hub of culture and inspiration, you just need to look at the sub-tropical climate, glorious beaches and coastline, beautiful countryside and rich history to know that. In St. Ives you can visit The Tate St. Ives, part of The Tate Gallery of London. The gallery hosts both local and national art and the exhibition spaces are renewed frequently so it's a fresh look every time you visit.
St. Ives has won the Britain in Bloom competition on numerous occasions, helped by the frost-free winters and warm climate. Nearby is the island of Penzance, where you can experience some great historical remnants, such as The Minack Theatre, which still host's performances every evening and frequently host's matinee performances. Also accessible nearby is the fairytale island of Marazion, which can be reached by foot along the causeway or by ferry at high water. Marazion hosts a stunning exotic garden, an ancient harbour, a church and a medieval castle. The stuff that dreams are made of.
Of course the real beauty of St. Ives are the amazing beaches. Miles of gorgeous sand to sunbathe, build sandcastles or just enjoy the peace and the views, you'll feel as though you're in another world. St. Ives also hosts a variety of great sporting activities that can be enjoyed at the beaches, including surfing, fishing, sailing and diving. The sea is warmed by the Gulf Stream so swimming and paddling can be enjoyed on a daily basis.