Staycations are the type of holiday I love, but also the type that I always push aside so I can travel to destinations further afield instead.
We had global travel plans for 2020 – but the pandemic has almost forced us to choose the simple staycation instead – which got me thinking about our wonderful trip to Cornwall in the summer of 2018.
I have already shared a handy four-day itinerary for a road trip around Cornwall, but in this post I want share some of my favourite photos from the trip, featuring Tintagel, Porthleven, St Ives, Porthcurno and Kynance Cove.
Read more: Four days in Cornwall
Tintagel, North Cornwall:
Tintagel was our very first stop of the road trip. After waking up at the crack of dawn and hurtling down to the south-west of England, arriving to this quiet, quaint town was a warm welcome.
We took the steep slope down to the beach with views of the castle up above, before exploring the village’s fudge shops and cornish pasty bakeries.
It was a flying visit after a long first-stint on the road, but a great one nonetheless!
Porthleven Harbour, West Cornwall:
During this road trip we decided to camp at a spot near Helston, which is super close to the town of Porthleven.
There’s a beautiful harbour here, where we sat on a warm summer evening eating fish and chips and sipping on chilled lemonade, before polishing off a cone of Cornish icecream.
Kids were diving off the walkway into the harbour water which seemed crazy, but they looked as though they were used to spending all of their summer break out there with friends.
St Ives, West Cornwall:
St Ives was an absolute dream. We spent an entire day here exploring the cobbled streets, eating far too much creamy fudge, surfing at nearby Porthmeor Beach and enjoying a frothy cappuccino over at Porthminster Beach with views of the crashing waves in the distance.
The seal that kept bobbing up in the harbour was an unexpected surprise too! No shark sightings, though there had been earlier that week.
Porthcurno, West Cornwall:
A quick visit to the Minnack Theatre was well worth the tiny entrance fee of £1 for these views.
We didn’t get to see a show there, but we explored the gardens and looked down at Porthcurno Beach which was dotted with swimmers and sunbathers enjoying the July heatwave.
Kynance Cove, West Cornwall:
On our last day, we swung by (in my opinion) the most photogenic spot in Cornwall – Kynance Cove. Located west of Lizard Point, this cosy seaside spot can be reached after a short hike downhill.
It gets busy in the summer months, but soaking up the hot sun, enjoying lunch at the restaurant and hopping from cove to cove through the calm (but chilly!) turquoise water was the perfect end to a brilliant Cornish staycation.
If you choose to visit Cornwall for a little UK staycation this year, you won’t be disappointed! I highly recommend visiting all of these destinations on the south-west coast of England.
For a more detailed guide, have a read of my Cornwall itinerary.
Is Cornwall on your staycation bucket list? Let me know below!