Looe is a beautiful coastal town in Cornwall. This seaside spot is still home to a working fishing port so early birds can watch the day’s catch being auctioned. Needless to day the food is top notch here; from fish and chips to high end restaurants. The beach is understandably a top attraction in Looe but here is plenty more on offer, from the near by Eden Project to Looe Museum. Read on for our Spotlight on Looe!
Did you know?
The town’s name is derived from old Cornish language, as Looe roughly translates into ‘deep water inlet’.
Where is it?
Looe is a beautiful small town on the southern Cornish coast. Divided in two by the River Looe, the two sides to the town are connected by a bridge.
What to do
East Looe Beach
East Looe Beach is stunning sandy beach. It’s one of the main attractions for holidaymakers in Looe and is a perfect location for swimming as the waters are safe for children. Behind the beach is the vibrant main town, home to cafes, restaurants and shops.
Looe Museum is the place to go if you was to learn about Looe’s rich past; from boat building to smuggling. The building itself is intriguing and inside you’ll find a wealth of artefacts. Visitors are allowed to handle several of the items here and it’s a great way to get the kids interested in history.
The Eden Project is one of the premier tourist attractions in the whole of Cornwall and is just a half an hour drive away from Looe. The site is built on a reclaimed quarry and inside it’s famous artifical biodomes are plants collected from around the world. The first dome simulates a tropical environment, and the second a Mediterranean one.
What to eat?
Looe is famous for its food and many eateries in the town serve up world class fish and chips. If you’re looking to splurge on food whilst on holiday then head to Squid Ink. This is an intimate restaurant (just twenty-eight covers) housed within a character filled period building. The decor is a fusion of contemporary and antique. The menu specialises in local fish and seafood. Offering only the best local produce that Cornwall has to offer, the food at Squid Ink is a contemporary British cooking with Mediterranean and Asian influences.
Where should I stay?
This beautifully furnished apartment is in a prize location, right on the Cornish sea-front. It enjoys fabulous ocean views and is the perfect place to explore all that Looe is famous for – mystical coves, golden sands, rock pools and great seafood. A studio apartment, this property is ideal for couples looking for a romantic getaway to the South West. If you want a place to stay right in the heart of Looe, you won’t find much better.
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