St Ives in Cornwall is of our all time favourite places to visit in the South West; it is full of postcard-perfect seaside charm, beautiful galleries and delicious food- whats not to like! With a wealth of inspirational art galleries, amazing ocean view restaurants and lovely independent boutiques there really is something for everyone in this seaside town.
St Ives itself is surrounded by four beautiful beaches which means the ocean is never too far away, I don’t know about you but there is something calming about being near the sea and a blustery walk on the beach is sometimes just what I need to blow the cobwebs away.
As the sun was shinning we headed straight to the golden sands of Porthmeor Beach,a surf beach situated in the shadow of the iconic Tate St Ives building and only a short stroll from the centre of town. The beautiful Porthmeor beach is also home to a ocean view cafe where you an enjoy fresh seafood whilst tucked away in cosy heated booths overlooking the beach, we popped back here at the end of the day for a cheeky gin and tonic which I cannot recommend enough!
For lunch we strolled past the quaint little harbour and through the many blue and white cottages to Porthgwidden Beach, the smallest beach of soft golden sand in St Ives and home to the Porthgwidden Cafe Making the most of a bit of sunshine in March we decided to sit out on the terrace and admire the views across the St Ives Bay whilst enjoying some delicious seafood.
One of my favourite things about St Ives is the array of art galleries and lovely boutique stores all tucked away down cobbled lanes, you can quite happily spend the whole day browsing all of the beautiful pieces and stocking up on handmade gifts.
We ended our day trip at the impressive Tate St Ives which recently has undergone a refurbishment almost doubling the space to show artwork, after first popping into the Tate Cafe for a quick cup of tea and a slice of tiffin we strolled round the new galleries admiring their latest exhibition with Virginia Woolf.
Even though we had such a lovely day exploring St Ives I could quite easily stayed for longer! It is such a beautiful place full of seaside charm and creative flair, and with so much to see and do a longer visit is definitely advised along with a pit stop at the famous Sloop Inn overlooking the harbour.