St Ives, Cornwall – The Famous and Beautiful Harbor Town – A Feast For Art Lovers

St Ives, recently named best seaside town of 2007 by the Guardian, deserves its reputation of offering holidaymakers beautiful blue flag beaches and a superb selection of art and craft shops and galleries.

A Thriving Art Community
St Ives is known for its unusually pure quality of light, and artists from all over the world have been drawn to work and live here for over a century. The Tate Gallery was opened to the public in 1993, the second regional gallery in the Tate Gallery network. Whilst Tate St Ives seeks to preserve the history of twentieth-century art in St Ives, the gallery also exhibits new work from artists working further afield. The art community boasts at least nine other galleries, with many studios and craft shops to browse and admire. The plethora of quaint narrow streets culminating in a beautiful harbor provides the ideal backdrop for this thriving Cornish art center.

Idyllic St Ives Beaches
Each of St Ives blue flag beaches have individual charm and appeal: Magnificent Porthmeor beach will thrill the young at heart with superb sunbathing, water sports and surf school. Porthminster beach with its inviting half a mile of golden sands is especially delightful to families seeking safe sheltered bathing, beach fun and sand castles. Why not spend the morning on Porthgwidden beach, a local sun trap, with its small sheltered bay, or by contrast, take in the activities happening at Harbour beach as fishermen land their catch.

Top Class Restaurants
Dining out on a summer evening can be an exciting experience, with plenty of freshly caught seafood available at many restaurants. Why not try the Tregenna Castle Hotel, one of West Cornwall’s most famous and revered hotels, with a la carte and carvery restaurants. Alternatively, The Mermaid Seafood Restaurant has a well earned reputation as being one of the finest seafood restaurants in Cornwall. Fish comes straight from the quay, with Lobster a specialty.

A thrilling holiday town for young and old, and the unusually mild climate ensures the best chance to enjoy sun and sand on those balmy summer days as well as relishing in the art at St Ives Tate Gallery

St Ives accommodation [http://www.westcornwallholidaycottage.co.uk/stives.asp] doesn’t come much more relaxing than the Kenegie Manor Holiday Park, a short 15 minute drive from St Ives. You can choose from 4 cosy cottages offering that priceless gift of a perfect night’s sleep, and activities such as an indoor pool, sauna, tennis and a children’s play area.

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