The coastal town and harbour of St Ives is one of the "jewels" in Cornwall's crown. Encircled by golden beaches and dominated by the turquoise blue of the sea, St Ives makes an instant visual and emotional impact as you approach it, whether by road or rail.
A self catering holiday in St Ives provides both modern conveniences with a historical charm that few venues can match. St Ives itself is laid out in the manner of many Cornish fishing ports, with twisting narrow streets, steep slopes and steps all threading through granite cottages whose construction was designed to stand the rigours of time and whatever the sometimes tempestuous sea could throw at them.
The harbour has always been the heart of St Ives, providing the initial livelihood of the town's inhabitants through fishing and later as a harbour used by the tin mining industry. Today, fishing boats still operate from the harbour and visitors will find no shortage of opportunities to take to the water themselves to gain a slightly different perspective of the town and local coastline as well as to view the local wildlife.
Modern day St Ives is a colourful, bustling holiday destination full of energy and life. The warm climate and idyllic beaches make St Ives a favourite with families year after year. Alongside these visitors are artists who are drawn to the town by its reputation as a centre for creativity and artistic excellence - a reputation reinforced by the presence of the Tate St Ives and Barbara Hepworth Museum. St Ives' rich artistic heritage makes it a natural centre for artists' holidays in the region.
For beach and sun lovers, St Ives offers an impressive choice of sandy beaches ranging in size from the larger beaches at Porthmeor and Porthminster to the smaller beaches in the harbour and Porthgwidden. Couples and artists alike who are enjoying a self catering holiday in St Ives at Wheal Trenwith will not want for sunny beaches.
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