More people are flocking to Cornwall for their summer holidays than ever before and with so much to do and see it’s easy to see why. Here at Snaptrip, we’ve put together a list of the best views in Cornwall to truly treasure the best that this gem has to offer.
Cornwall is covered in beautiful beaches, but even amongst the stiff competition, Porthcurno Beach stands above the rest. Located two and a half miles from Land’s End, its sliding valley descends into pearly white sand. The high cliffs offer incredible panoramic views of the turquoise water and surrounding Cornish coast.
The area is rich in history and was a big deal in WWII. During the war, it held an important submarine communications station. Something you can explore at the Telegraph Museum. To the west, the cliffs are home to the world-famous Minack Theatre. An open-air venue with ancient origins that still hosts stunning plays to this day. Beyond being one of the best views in Cornwall, Porthcurno is also one of our Britain’s best beaches!
Home to one of Cornwall’s working fishing villages and ports, Looe is, unsurprisingly, well regarded for its fresh fish. But this beautiful town is much more than just delicious seafood, offering some of the best views in Cornwall. The beautiful sandy Looe Beach is ideal for children and its fascinating rock pools are sure to be a hit, offering incredible views of the Cornish coast. Also home to a fascinating pirate past, be sure to check out the Looe Museum.
About a 30-minute drive from the wonderful St Ives and home to stunning ruins and beautiful abandoned mines, it’s hard to argue that this old mining town isn’t one of Cornwall’s best. Its panoramic views even made it to the big screen in 2015, when Botallack Mine featured in ‘Poldark as the hero’s home. Since then, it’s has become a must-see attraction for visitors to the Cornish coast. While there, why not take the ‘Botallack Walk’ through rocky cliffs and wild flowers, and truly experience all the old-world magic it has to offer.
Set in the Fowey Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this breathtaking waterway is home to some of nature’s most stunning, yet peaceful spots. Perfect for hikers and walkers, it offers spectacular strolls along its beautiful banks. You can even experience the river wildlife up close, with a trip on the water in an open canoe! If you’re looking for tranquil, natural beauty, you’ll certainly call this one the best views in Cornwall. What’s best, is it’s also only a short drive to Port Isaac and Bodmin Moor, two other areas of outstanding natural beauty.
The Lizard Peninsula
With turquoise seas and white sands, the Lizard Peninsula is a tropical paradise right on the Cornish coast. Easily one of the best views in Cornwall, it’s hard not to feel at peace on its silky shores. Much myth and mystery surround the odd name that accompanies this magical land. The most common explanation seems to be that it’s a mutation of the Cornish ‘Lys Ardh’ meaning ‘high court’, or ‘Lezou’ for ‘headland’. But regardless of how it got its name, it’s not to be missed.
A place of mystery, this quaint village is the largest on the Lizard Coast. Home to some of the largest caves of the coast and some of the best views in Cornwall. Full of smuggling tales and pretty coastal shops and cafes, Mullion Cove located on the South West Coastal Path that has survived the wrath of the sea for centuries. It also boasts the 15th-century church of St Mellanus, with its famous intricate biblical carvings.
Renowned for its crystal clear water, Perranporth Beach has a bit of everything – rocky crags, soft sandy areas, long stretches of interesting coastline and some of the best views in Cornwall. It’s perfect for sandcastle building, water sports, local shopping and spectacular sunsets. Perranporth is a real Cornish all-rounder.
Located three miles north of Bude, if you’re looking for an unspoilt landscape of pebbles, sands and dramatic cliff tops, you’re sure to agree Sandymouth Beach is one of the best. It’s a National Trust beach and has a large, manned car park with 200 spaces at the top of the cliff. It even has its own waterfall as well as cafes, restaurants and other leisure facilities. Best of all? It allows pets all year round!