St Ives is that wonderful blend of the creative with the well executed; of traditional themes alongside bang up to date style that creates a rich, diverse and colourful holiday experience. It is these combinations of the best from many styles that add up to the unique holiday destination so loved of regular visitors, so beguiling to the newcomer. Indeed, diversity and colour are reflected in everything that the town has to offer.
St Ives is justifiably famous for its glorious beaches where visitors can surf, build sandcastles, paddle at the water’s edge or simply sit and read, soaking up the sun and the lively atmosphere. But the town is also renowned for an amazing clarity of light that has attracted artists from around the world to work and settle here. Evidence of the art and craft heritage of St Ives can be seen in the many galleries (including the Tate St Ives) and shops that line the cobbled streets and courtyards where pots and troughs of flowers lend a Mediterranean air to the town. The exotic ambience is further enhanced by a warm atmosphere and a proliferation of great places to eat and drink.
Before ever art and tourism appeared in the town, St Ives was a busy fishing port and there are still some traditional working boats in the picturesque harbour – living legacies of the town’s seafaring origins.
And if you find St Ives’ days wonderful, wait until you try St Ives’ nights. Whether you choose to relax in a stylish harbour side bar, meet in a traditional pub, eat in one of the many restaurants and cafés or enjoy one of the shows that fill St Ives summer evenings, you’ll be sure of a wonderful time in this uniquely characteristic town.
St. Ives is a town of outstanding beauty, with blue flag golden sandy beaches, attracting artists, shoppers, beachcombers, surfers and families alike. Experience the unique fusion of charming Cornish fishing town – (whitewashed buildings and winding, cobbled streets), with Mediterranean cosmopolitan – (al fresco dining in beach side and terraced restaurants). There is a plethora of colourful shops, restaurants, cafes and art galleries, including The Tate, the Barbara Hepworth Museum and the open golf courses at Tregenna Castle and Lelant.
The town is a perfect base for exploring Cornwall further afield, with all it’s charming villages, stunning coastal towns and major attractions, including – St. Michael’s Mount, Penzance, Land’s End, Mousehole, Minack Theatre, Lizard Peninsula, Tintagel Castle and The Eden Project.