St Ives in Cornwall is a paradise even in winter. Even though the weather was rainy in December, the subtropical climate made the air balmy and soothing. The picturesque town is home to many artists who produce some fantastic art inspired by the landscape of this stunning place. It was also nominated as the Best UK Seaside Town in both 2010 and 2011.
St Ives is a charming place by the beautiful Celtic Sea. With its narrow streets, little boutique shops, great pubs and restaurants the town is lovely even on a hazy day. The town is friendly and welcoming, the architecture is quirky and let’s not forget the tasty Cornish pasties! In a nutshell, St. Ives is simply captivating.
It took 6 friends, 6 hours and 2 trains to reach St Ives from London. The small coastal town met us with drizzle and mist, but it still looked gorgeous.
We stayed at our friend’s grandma’s house on a hill from which we could see the sea… big sigh… Unpacked and ready to explore we hit the town. The scenery of St Ives is absolutely glorious and I can’t wait to come back here someday.
St Ives Harbour Beach
Framed by the harbour walls, the Harbour Beach is one of the most pictures parts in the town. The golden sandy beach is revealed when the tide is out making it a perfect spot for sun seekers.
It may have been a bit too cold for the beach but it’s never too cold for a refreshing walk along the coast. I loved seeing the boats stranded on the sand bank in the day time. Later the sea came back though to hug the boats with its turquoise waters for good night sleep.
The harbour and the whole town looks especially pretty and peaceful in the dark.
Exploring the rocky landscape and beaches
Setting out to explore the rocky coastline of St Ives was a very good move. We spent all day walking, climbing, awing at the beautiful beaches and rocky landscapes, pointing at dolphins and watching the surfers.
There were some rumours about the Great White Sharks roaming the turquoise waters, but the Shark Trust dismissed the speculations saying that the chances of these sharks coming to the British waters were ‘very small.’
New Year’s celebration in St Ives
This quirky and stunning coastal town in Cornwall isn’t only good for summer breaks. No one celebrates New Year’s Eve in more style than St Ives.
There were nuns, priests and doctors, santas and superheroes, vampires and even Daleks from the BBC series Doctor Who! Isn’t he fabulous!?
The atmosphere was incredible. As appropriate for the British culture, the celebrators were roaming from pub to pub before everyone gathered outside for the fireworks at midnight.
To have a feel of the atmosphere in one of the pubs, have a look at this quick video:
And one more video of the fireworks in the harbor watched by thousands in their fabulous fancy dress outfits:
After the day and night of festivities, to clear our heads we headed to Lands End for a day out. It’s another stunning part of the world which I recommend visiting for some fantastic views and fresh air.
Have you celebrated New Year’s Eve in St Ives or anywhere else as fabulous? Let me know in the comments below…