Originally a small fishing village, picturesque St Ives is now a popular harbour town that hasn't lost its original quaint charm. With tall palms and exotic flowers, a mild sub-tropical climate and the sea warmed by the Gulf Stream, a sunny day in St Ives can feel like a holiday abroad.
Set in dramatic West Cornwall, St Ives is cradled by some stunning sandy white beaches and calm waters, ideal conditions for swimming and sailing. Keep your eyes open for seals, dolphins, porpoises and basking sharks that are regular visitors to this part of the coast.
Artists have been flocking to St Ives since the 1880's because of clarity of the atmosphere and the clear light quality that makes outdoor painting possible for much of the year. Their work is on display and for sale in the many galleries and craft shops situated along the cobbled streets and alleys and don't forget to visit the famous 'Tate Modern Gallery' that overlooks the magnificent Porthmeor Beach.
There are an excellent variety of restaurants and cafe's nestled within the narrow cobbled streets. Try some delicious freshly caught fish or seafood brought from the harbour that day.
St Ives is also a great place to visit for the New Year and is fast becoming a popular destination for revellers who wear fancy dress and visit the various bars in the town.