The picturesque town of St. Ives is long popular with artists, for reasons you might expect; it's stunningly beautiful and offers a genuine relaxed atmosphere. Definitely worth enjoying your time on the numerous beaches around the town and then using the town as a base for exploring the Penwith Peninsula and Cornish Coast.
St. Ives Harbour
Along with other Cornish fishing villages, the fishing industry in St. Ives has declined, though a small business still exists, with family fishermen fishing from small boats.
The harbour houses the lifeboat station which operates along the north coast.
Over the course of itís history the St. Ives lifeboat crew have saved over 1000 lives.
The harbour was extended in the late 19th century, the three arches in the pier were constructed to allow sand be flushed out of the harbour by the changing tides.
As the tide goes out it leaves a fine sandy beach right along the waterfront. On its return the the beach becomes a narrow strip.
Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the waterfront, perhaps pop into some of the art or crafts shops or while away the time in one of the many coffee shops.
Stroll around the headland known locally as the Island at the back of the town, following the S.W. Coastal Path and onto Porthmeor Beach. This beach with its westerly aspect provides good surfing conditions throughout the year. The coastal path continues west beyond the beach.
While the town of St. Ives is the place to find accommodation, the old town has all the quaint bars and a wide range of restaurants and cafes.
St. Ives is primarily a holiday destination, though one with an artistic flavour.
The Sloop Inn, along the small quay dates back to 1312 and is one of the oldest pubs in England, though the beer and cider is frothy fresh.
The town has long been associated with artists. The white houses, the moss coated roofs, the nearby cliffs and every changing light have been a magnet for artists from afar.
St. Ives Town
The town of St. Ives caters for all culinary and price pocket tastes.
From the harbour right back through the town there are numerous restaurants and don't forget the bars offer some great food not just cornish pasties.
So wash down your St. Ives meal with some local cider, a pint of bitter or imported wine.