Five Days to the Weekend: St Ives

By Georgia Mills. St Ives is a magnificent seaside town with  plenty to offer and discover.

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Why go there?

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St Ives is a beautiful Cornish town with breathtaking costal views and seaside vibe.
From coastal walks to art galleries, there’s a lot to explore and see. The winding maze of Cornish streets has a surprise around every corner and the vast amount of beaches and coast gives you a lot to discover.
The town is nestled among magnificent costal scenery and home to inspiring art such as the exhibitions in the St. Ives Tate. Take a boat trip on Dolly P to seal island where you can view the amazing cost and town from the sea.
Nearby are charming seaside towns such as Zennor, a great place for walking enthusiasts, and the sea-beaten Porthleven. Also nearby is Falmouth home to the Maritime museum and Penzance which offers a wide range of shops.
Where to stay?
St Ives Harbour Hotel & Spa also known as The Porthminster is an ideal hotel for luxury and has amazing views of the town and Porthminster beach.
But if you want to get the full seaside experience, why not stay in one of the holiday homes available to rent. From old fisherman houses to luxurious holiday cottages, you decide. If you want to be  nestled in the streets of the old harbour town or settled around St.ives, there is a variety to choose from and a great way to stay.
Consider renting a cottage from Cherished Cottages who offer beautiful accommodation right in the heart of the harbour town. (I stayed in the Seaside House that catered up to eight people and is dog friendly, which is hard to find for those who like taking their pets away).
Where to eat? 
You can’t go to this seaside town without trying the seafood it has to offer. The Sea Food Café and Ocean Grill are two very popular places to eat if you want a restaurant meal- you might consider booking in advance for the Sea Food Café as the brillant variety of sea food makes it very popular with visitors.
The harbour front offers a vast amount of fish and chips shops where you can eat on the front and take in the beauty of the harbour. Watch the fishing boats come in shortly followed by seals hoping for something to eat from the fisherman’s daily catch. Watch out for the dive-bombing seagulls that also fancy the famous seaside fish and chips.
Tell us a local secret
St Ives is named after the legend of the Irish princess St Eia or St Ia, who sailed across the Atlantic on a leaf to convert the locals to Christianity.