The South Cornish coast is a beautiful Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and offers a peaceful haven to visitors who have been coming to the area for generations. It is full of contrast and surprises: there are sandy coves and bays, where the sea is framed by whitewashed cottages, unspoiled fishing villages, harbour towns, vineyards and exotic sub-tropical gardens.
Mevagissey has so much more to offer than just being a picture postcard Cornish village, with its spectacular harbour. It has retained a working fishing fleet which is reflected in its industrious and vibrant community. Here you will find fine restaurants rubbing shoulders with characterful pubs, cafes serving delicious Cornish cream teas and fresh crab or lobster straight from the boats. There is nothing more distinctly Cornish, than tucking into some local scallops or mackerel before ending the evening with an amble along the harbour wall, as the village lights twinkle on the water. Mevagissey is well placed for exploring both the Roseland and the rest of Cornwall. There are many accessible walks as the South-West coastal footpath is literally on the doorstep.
Charlestown is one of the best preserved Georgian ports in the world and an engineering masterpiece which includes a seven-mile long leat. It was built to ship locally mined china clay and import materials for the mining industry. The Shipwreck and Heritage Centre is located in one of the old China Clay buildings and has exhibits relating to Charlestown's maritime past along with more general shipwreck salvage from Cornwall's coast. There are also plenty of restaurants, galleries and gift shops to be enjoyed, along with a sheltered beach and the South-West coastal path, which passes through the village. Slightly further afield, a heritage of ingenuity, creativity, entrepreneurial and pioneering spirit is showcased at Wheal Martyn Clay Works, a fascinating day out for all the family.