I wanted to go to see St. Ives and I finally went!
We had a nice little holiday in Cornwall, and I have to say it’s a great place, completely different from the rest of England, there really is a “surfer’s coast” feeling, despite the rain, that is.
The town itself it’s small but very nice and a lovely place to just wander around. There are lots of shops and in high season it’s terribly busy, and cars are allowed in narrow streets of the centre, which makes walking around a bit uncomfortable.
We have been to the Tate St Ives, and the building itself it’s probably more interesting than the art collection inside…but it was a windy stormy day so it was a good place to be, we had a nice lunch in the cafe and this is the view from the cafe:
We also managed to be on the beach as well and enjoy the sun, there are lovely beaches and you can walk from one bay to the next though coastal paths immersed in lush vegetation, which makes it very pleasant.
We then rented a car and were able to go a bit further (there are buses but you would need more time to see as much).
We went to Land’s End, and I’m not sure it’s worth the trip, because they make you pay for parking the car and they’ve built a big shopping place with cheap attractions (there was a Doctor Who one!!!) which makes the place look like a very tired theme park.
The view it’s still beautiful but the shopping place it’s just awful.
We visited the Minack Theatre, which is absolutely amazing:
It’s a theatre built into the rocky cliffs, and the seats in the lower area are carved with the names of the play they’ve showed
It is still used, but you need to book your tickets in advance, it is quite small so it gets full quickly, but it is opened for visits, there’s also a small exibition that explains how it was built, and that’s very very interesting.
Climbing down a very steep path you reach the beautiful Porthcurno beach:
As you can see from the photo it was a beautiful day and we spent the rest of the day on the beach.
Cornwall is a gem, really beautiful.