The picture postcard town of St Ives in Cornwall is often called the perfect holiday destination, and is also the gateway for exploring this picturesque county, being within easy reach of Penzance, Marazion, Tintagel and Land's End. These are just a few of many of the outstanding places of interest whose names are as enchanting as the locations themselves.
It is hard to describe the magic of St Ives, as mere words simply do not do it justice. From its origins as a fishing village to the popular destination it is today, little has changed over the years in terms of architecture and hospitality, and it remains Cornish through and through. Everyone is welcome in St Ives, and you will leave with many more friends than you came with, and you will live the Cornish life during your stay
Great Family Appeal
There is something for all ages in St Ives, and although the Great British climate is notoriously unreliable, Cornwall gets the best of the weather and boasts more days of sunshine than anywhere else in the UK. A major draw is the miles of golden beaches that are considered to be some of the best in the world, and if you have a day that isn't exactly beach weather there is plenty more to see and do.
Attractions unique to the area include the Geevor tin mine, the Minack Theatres, the Tate Gallery St Ives, Bird Paradise, St Michael's Mount and the Isles of Scilly. 30 minutes drive away at Helston is the wonderful Flambards Experience theme park which has everything you would expect from a top quality theme park and offers a great day out for the whole family.
Golf enthusiasts will be in heaven staying in St Ives, as both the Lelant and Cape Cornwall golf courses are on the doorstep. They both overlook the sea and have that wild rugged feel about them that makes them playing them a wonderful experience. The freedom a self catering St Ives holiday affords you means you can play to your hearts content and not have to worry about sticking to a hotel timetable.
Those who love to swim but not in open water have 3 swimming pools to choose from; the indoor pools at St Ives and Penzance, and the Penzance Jubilee pool which is an outdoors swimming experience. The latter is open through the summer months and was created in an art deco style. Walkers will also have a field day here as there are many walks to take through some of the most outstanding areas of natural beauty you will find anywhere.
Top Class Accommodation
Those seeking luxury self catering St Ives style will find all their boxes ticked at the Hawke's Point complex with unparalleled views over Carbis Bay. These St Ives apartments are second to none when it comes to quality accommodation within a few minutes of all the town's attractions. Open throughout the year, this five star accommodation allows its guests to take in the many festivals and events that take place through all four seasons, so stop the Internet search and head for http://www.hawkes-point.co.uk/
Events and Festivals
The Kidz R Us theatre group put on shows for youngsters at the Minack Theatre throughout the year, and some of those lined up for this year include Honk! Based on the classic The Ugly Duckling, The Wizard of Oz and their own interpretation of West End legend Les Miserables. The St Ives food and drink festival in May is certainly one to put in your diary, as is the St Ives September Festival of music and the arts.