Cornwall: what to see, tips and travel itineraries

What to visit in Cornwall, the best routes to follow and tips about the trip in one of the most beautiful counties of England.

Where is Cornwall

County of England on the end of the south-western peninsula of Great Britain, Cornwall includes an area between the County of Devon east and the Atlantic Ocean, where prevail coastal landscapes characterized by jagged high cliffs, secluded coves and heathland grass overlooking the sea. These fascinating places, bind perfectly to the past, recalling the ancient peoples and fantastic legends that have affected these lands throughout history.

What to see in Cornwall

Following the south coast of Cornwall, the first fishing villages encountered are East Looe and West Looe, Polperro and moments away, another very picturesque village. Proceeding to the south of the peninsula are the small coastal towns of Fowey and Mevagissey, while inland lies the park of Bodmin Moore, dominated the lonely moors and limestone.

Also along the coast, in the middle of the fjord Carrick Roads, is Truro, the most important town of Cornwall, and on the eastern shore of the fjord, the town of St Mawes preserves an important sixteenth century castle, built by Henry VIII. In front of it, in Falmouth, a resort town on the other side of the creek, stands another castle, Pendennis Castle, a beautiful fort which was built by Henry VIII to always defend the territory.

In the southernmost part of Cornwall, the Lizard Peninsula, offers the most enchanting and integrate the County. After the small town of Marazion, you come to St. Michael’s Mount, an island where there is a Benedictine abbey of the eleventh century, then transformed into a castle. During low tide the island is joined to the mainland by a strip of land walking. After Penzance, Cornwall’s main seaside town, is Land’s End, the most westerly point of Great Britain, where the wind blows strong and the waves break on the reef.

Along the northern side of Land’s End, opposite the town of St Ives, is the archipelago of Scilly, reachable by ferry from Penzance. Keep in mind that near Penzance extends the vast and flowered garden Trengwainton, with a beautiful view of the bay. For those who love surfing on the north coast of Cornwall, is the seaside town of Newquay that, very windy, it is the ideal place for this kind of sport and, if you prefer the stories and legends, it is advisable to visit the ruins of Tintagel Castle, situated on a promontory overlooking the sea, in a very suggestive. These ruins are known as the castle of King Arthur, who would have been born or lived here, but it is only a legend without historical evidence.