Spotlight: Cornwall – Top 10 Beach Breaks

With the summer well and truly on the way, thoughts are slowly turning to holidays and long, hot days on the beach.

So it’s fingers crossed for a scorching British summer so that we can enjoy the best our shores have to offer, in what is arguably the UK’s most popular timeshare holiday getaway.

1)        St Ives

Cosmopolitan St Ives truly has it all: a picturesque harbour, four beaches and a whole host of cafes, restaurants, shops and galleries where you can while away long summer days and breeze-kissed evenings. Take a stroll through the winding cobbled streets edged with pretty fisherman’s cottages to explore, enjoy the surfing or admire the art in any number of eclectic, quality art galleries and boutiques.

2)        Marazion

This historic town is set on Mount’s Bay against the backdrop of breathtaking British landmark, St Michael’s Mount. Adults will enjoy exploring the town’s galleries, gift shops and eateries, while the little ones can be let loose on the free playground in the centre of the village. Whatever you do, just be sure to walk along Marazion’s long beach when the tide is out so that you can walk the cobbled causeway to St Michael’s Mount.

3) Penzance

Penzance offers stunning views across Mounts Bay, which are best enjoyed from the promenade. There is plenty to do in this historic market town, with shops and galleries, places to eat and children’s playgrounds. Art lovers will also be keen to visit the Penlee House Gallery and nearby Newlyn Gallery, while adventurers can set sail on the Scillonian boat to the Isle of Scilly.

Sennen Cove

This picturesque village is an excellent place to see basking sharks and boasts golden sands, an old fishing harbour and an important lifeboat station. Sennen also offers tourists a gallery and surf shop, while hikers can also take the steep walk along the coastal path to Land’s End.

5) Gwithian & Godrevy Hayle

Set on St Ives Bay, tourists to this area can enjoy beautiful views out to St Ives and Godrevy Lighthouse. Just a short drive from Hayle, both Gwithian and Godrevy boast stunning beaches and breathtaking cliff walks. But if you fancy a challenge, why not join the locals by taking a surf lesson?

6)Coverack Lizard Peninsula

This old fishing village is steeped in history. Set on the Lizard peninsula, Coverack was the setting for the book Wild Strawberries and was also an old smugglers hide out. With a shingle and sand beach, as well as rock pools, a walled harbour, a cafe, pub shops and galleries, Coverack is a must-visit, although visitors should note that at high tide, there is little beach.

7) Mousehole

Based just outside Penzance, the narrow cobbled lanes and chocolate box cottages of Mousehole are definitely worth a visit. Meanwhile, this quaint old village offers  a good choice of places to eat and drink, a pub, galleries and some shops.

8) Fowey

The historic Fowey makes the ideal base for a holiday to Cornwall. Famous for inspiring the author Daphne du Maurier, the town enjoys breathtaking views from every corner and has plenty of places to eat and drink. Visitors will also enjoy the regular boat trips across the estuary, the town’s small beach and the pretty walk through nearby woodland.

9) The Lizard Peninsula

This magnificent peninsula is a must-visit for nature lovers, thanks to its rugged scenery and spectacular views. Escape from the worries of every day life and meander through the countryside, stroll along beaches, or enjoy one of the many park estates. While you’re here, be sure to visit Lizard Village, Gweek, Coverack, Cadgwith Cove and the beaches of Kennack Sands and Kynance Cove.

10) Polperro

This old harbour village is laced with winding streets lined by old stone cottages. Once packed with pilchard luggers, the harbour is still busy and is an excellent place to watch the world go by over a mug of steaming coffee. Enjoy the village’s many facilities, including pubs, cafes, gift shops, galleries and a sweet shop.

Top timeshare resorts in Cornwall include Club La Costa’s Hustyns Resort & Spa near Wadebridge and Trenython Manor Hotel near Fowey and to exchange into a Cornish resort, you can explore the accommodation on offer with the world’s leading exchange organizations, RCI or Interval International, at

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