Mevagissey

mevagissey_quay.jpgMevagissey is an ideal location for a family holiday, last minute short break or weekend away in Cornwall.

An enchanting and unspoilt fishing village full of life and character; the picturesque double harbour (the ‘inner’ and ‘outer’) is still very much in full use, bustling with activity from the fishermen bringing home their catch and day trippers taking boats around the bay and the ferry to Fowey and back.

You can have a go at fishing yourself - there are charter boats from the quay where local fishermen will help you try and land some mackerel, bass or even shark. For those without sea legs, buy the fish straight off the boat in the harbour and cook it back at your holiday cottage or eat it in one of the local restaurants or pubs which were once the haunts of Cornish smugglers! For excellent food, we can recommend oldest pub in Mevagissey, The Fountain Inn (especially their delicious take-away fish and chips), the Wheelhouse on the quay for seafood and the Sharksfin for their Sunday carvery (it is very popular so try and book in advance).

Walk along the narrow, winding streets and you will find quaint shops, galleries and bookshops. In the old boathouse by the sea wall is the Mevagissey Museum with fascinating exhibits and historical photographs showing life in the village from times gone by. Alternatively for train enthusiasts the Mevagissey World of Model Railways is well worth a visit.

As well as fresh fish, Cornish fudge and Cornish pasties, which can all be bought in the village, other locally sourced food and drink can be found at Lobbs Farm Shop, winner of Taste of the West 2010 Gold Award or sampled at the nearby St Austell Brewery, Cornwall's oldest independent family brewery that has been going for over 150 years.

south_west_coast_path_polstreath_beach.jpgAfter all the indulgence, you can walk it off along the South West Coast Path and see the awesome views from the top of the cliffs. Discover Polstreath beach, hidden from most visitors, but our insider tip is to head for the cliftop park to the north of the village, then take the coastal path until you see the steps -take the steps all the way down to the beach. Not for the faint-hearted or less-able, as the steps are rather steep! 

If you'd rather be bobbing on the sea, take in the fantastic coastline by hiring a motor boat, taking a trip on one of the boats in the harbour, or going further afield on the ferry that takes you from the lighthouse to the pretty yachting town of Fowey. A must see is also the nearby unspolit Georgian village of Charlestown with its tall ships and Shipwreck Museum,

lost_gardens_of_heligan.jpgThere are a number of beautiful gardens to lose yourself in - but best of all must be the Lost Gardens of Heligan. From Mevagissey you can walk there through the woods or catch the bus. Once you get there you'll discover 200 acres of mysterious gardens and estate unveiled in 1992 from under decades of overgrowth and restored on a shoestring budget. We highly recommend a visit in May when the truly enormous rhodedendrons are in full bloom - absolutely beautiful!

Of course, a visit to the area wouldn't be complete without seeing the Eden Project, a dramatic global garden housed in tropical biomes that nestle in a crater the size of 30 football pitches and dubbed the 'Eighth Wonder of the World' by some. Nothing quite prepares you for when you walk through the door and see the almost 'other worldly' domes in front of you. A fun and education trip for children, as well as adults.

But if chilling out on the beach is more your thing, there are plenty to choose from - Polstreath beach is reached via the coastal path from the cliff top park, Portmellon beach is a small shingly beach 1.5 miles away, the nearby village of Gorran Haven has a lovely safe sandy beach that is popular with families and Charlestown has a large, stoney very safe private harbour beach with tall ships and childrens playground.