If you’re planning a staycation in the summer, Cornwall should be right at the top of your list.

With beautiful backdrops and plenty of activities on offer, there are plenty of reasons to head south and explore the various harbour villages in the county of Cornwall.

Here are four of the best to whet your appetite.

Life is a beach

Whether the sun is shining or the rain is pouring, Cornwall boasts some of the best beaches in the UK. The only problem you’ll face on your staycation is trying to decide which one to visit first!

Some of the most popular choices are Watergate Bay, Polzeath or Fistral beach. The latter is the main one in Newquay and is the perfect option if you love to surf.

Alternatively, if you’re looking for a romantic getaway or somewhere quiet for the kids, try escaping the crowds and enjoying the secret coves of Lantic Bay and Porth Joke.

Bloomin’ good attractions

If your summer staycation involves a child, Cornwall has plenty of super fun attractions to keep them occupied. Let their imaginations grow wild at the Eden Project or treat them to the glorious sights of the local wildlife at Paradise Park.

If you do decide to pop to Newquay for a spot of surfing, don’t forget to visit the Blue Reef Aquarium afterwards.

The Aqua Park, Retallack Resort and Spa also makes for a top day of entertainment with something for the whole family to enjoy. There’s inflatable water fun for the kids (and big kids), a spa for the adults needing a rest and lovely food to feed hungry bellies at the end of the day.

Tasty delights

No staycation in Cornwall is complete without munching on some of their finest cuisines. While you can pick up a Cornish pasty or portion of fish and chips anywhere in the UK, nothing quite beats the feeling of tucking into these naughty treats while watching the sunset over the sea.

With there being so many harbours in Cornwall, don’t forget to get your chops around the local catch of the day as well. From lemon sole to fresh haddock, Falmouth is particularly great for a fish supper.

A chance to get active

Not only are the views of Cornwall picturesque, but they have some of the most accessible walking and cycling routes in the UK too.

From simple paths overlooking the waterfront horizon and steep coastal valleys, to bustling harbours and vast moorlands, you have plenty of opportunities to get active in Cornwall. And let’s face it, exercise and exploring are always more enjoyable in the warmer months.

For keen off-road cyclists, check out the Bodmin Beast cycle trail. You’ll be faced with 12km of tough slopes up the Cardinham Valley and tricky narrow paths. Or if you’re looking to be at one with nature and take a more relaxed cycling route, the Seaton Valley Countryside Park is an ideal option. This relatively short cycle route located in Seaton includes a riverside ride and coastal views of Seaton beach. You can also enjoy the sensory garden and nature reserve to see otters, kingfishers and butterflies once you’re finished.

Before you set off though, don’t forget to kit yourself out with all the necessary cycling accessories and picnic essentials to get yourself ready for an epic Cornwall adventure.

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