Cornwall tourist information and beach guide

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Walking to the beach in Cornwall Holiday houses in Cornwall

Renting a holiday cottage in Cornwall offers sun, sea, surf and a whole lot more besides. From unspoilt fishing villages to rugged moorland and historical landmarks; Cornwall deserves its status as one of the most attractive holiday destinations in the UK and there are a great range of luxury self-catering cottages in Cornwall to hire for a holiday. The landscape and villages vary from the Tamar Valley, the north coast with lovely cottages to rent near Crantock, Newquay and Bude - great for a surfing holiday. If you want to stay on the north coast of Cornwall in a romantic cottage, then Tintagel is great place to rent a house or cottage with a log fire and is away from the bustle of the busy surfing villages.

Beaches in Cornwall

Looking at Cornwall and its position on the map in the south west, as a peninsula, it is 80% surrounded by the sea. This means that at 697km, it presents the longest stretch of coastline in the UK. In fact, no matter where you are in Cornwall, you’ll never be more than 16 miles from the sea.

There are over 300 beaches to choose from in Cornwall, so wherever you choose to take your self-catering break, you’ll never be far from one, where you can enjoy a lazy picnic, a paddle in the sea or some serous sand-castle making with the children.

With so many beaches on offer, there is a phenomenal range of self-catering accommodation available throughout the county. Whether you decide on a longer holiday stay or a last-minute weekend break in a holiday cottage, lodge or apartment, you’ll have the option to choose from many beach-side locations near all local facilities, secluded locations inland or even central town locations.

The rugged Cornish coastline is a haven for sailors, surfers, scuba divers or for those who just want to laze the day away in one of the most temperate climates in the country. You’ll find long stretches of golden sands to the north, with secluded bays and sheltered coves on the south coast to choose from, all with wonderful views and clear waters that help keep Cornwall’s beaches at the top of the beach charts.

Welcoming as they do everyone, many of Cornwall’s beaches are also have modern facilities to cater for visitors with disabilities, and a number of them provide sand chairs for hire. There are also many beaches across Cornwall where boats, surfboards and kayaks can be hired.

Cornwall’s beaches are also known for being popular with dogs, and some are dog-friendly all the year round (although some do state no dogs between Easter and October). Coupled with many self-catering locations welcoming dogs, Cornwall makes the perfect all-round family holiday county. Do of course bear in mind that in the height of the Summer, a beach can sometimes not be the best place to take a dog.