This is St Ives Bay Cornwall, one of the
most famous holiday towns in the UK - a jewel situated at the
south-western tip of this island kingdom yet readily accessible
by road, rail and air.
Today, as for centuries before, life centres around the harbour
where fishing boats still moor alongside granite piers, their
catch being sent around the world and earning an enviable
reputation for its quality and variety in some of the finest
The town during the summer months is a blaze of colour. Radiating
from the harbour, its maze of narrow cobbled streets are filled
with flowers - not particularly surprising for a town which
regularly wins the 'Britain in Bloom' competition.
As well as its tradition of fishing, it is world famous as an
art centre - and studios, shops and galleries are everywhere.
The Tate St. Ives, part of the Tate Gallery in London, was opened
in 1993 and is, perhaps, the flagship of Cornish art.
Slightly further afield are Lands End and the Eden Project
and many great gardens and stately homes, including St. Michaels
Mount. Other attractions within easy reach include wildlife
centres, theme parks for children and many that celebrate the
Cornish unique cultural, industrial and maritime heritage.
The town has many coastal walks for those who wish to
savour the unchanged landscape ablaze with the colour of wild
flowers, granite rock forms and wildlife all set off by the
beautiful turquoise coloured sea.