Sprawling beaches, acres of beautiful countryside and dramatic cliffs and scenery, these are just the more obvious features of Cornwall making the region one of the country’s greatest treasures.

With a coastline that stretches for over 300 miles, and all the accompanying activities that come with such an asset, once you have visited Cornwall, it is hard not to come back.There is so much more to Cornwall than meets the eye. Famous for its Cornish pasties and enjoyable watersports, aspects of the region’s heritage such as its prehistoric remains and the wilderness of Bodrin Moor are often overlooked. The stunning scenery mark out the county as being an area of outstanding natural beauty.

The White Hart Hotel is a great choice for accommodation. Situated in the centre of St Austell, an atmospheric town two miles away form Cornwall’s south coast, this delightful hotel offers comfortable rooms and excellent service. It is perfect for those who want to explore the Eden Project, which is only 10 minutes away.

For something really traditional the Goonearl Cottage Guest house will clinch the Cornish deal. It is set in beautiful grounds and has magnificent views of the North Cornish Coast. It is within a few miles reach of Redruth, Newquay, St Ives and Truro.

The Alverton Manner Hotel in Truro is a truly luxurious choice. A converted convent, it was built in 1880 and enjoys panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. It is within walking distance of the main attractions of Truro.

Cornwall attracts many youngsters looking to party on the county’s beaches. A great budget choice is the Base Surf Lodge. In an unbeatable location, this hostel sits on Fistral Beach, the UK’s hottest surfing spot. It is also walking distance from all of Newquay’s main bars, clubs and shops.

Romantics should check in at the Camelot Castle Hotel, a stunning castle in Tintagel, known for being the birthplace of the legendary King Arthur. The hotel offers panoramic views of the stunning scenery and the décor is inspired by medieval times.

A great value option is the Bayside Balgados Apartments, found just outside Albufeira, a popular beach resort. Each apartment is fitted with a living room, a fully equipped kitchenette and a balcony or terrace. Facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, pool bar and a children’s playground. A great choice for families who want self catering accommodation close to the beach and golf course.

For a truly luxury stay, check in at the Lake Spa Resort in Villamoura. Situated on the beach front between the marina and the sea, and just 20 minutes from Faro airport, this beautiful hotel will immerse each one of its guests in pure luxury.Ocean villas provide a great selection of private villas, each with a pool, to rent in the Algarve.Party animals can wind up at the Zodiaco Hotel. 1.5 miles from Vale de Lobo, this budget option is great for those who want to chill all day and party all night.

Featuring a pool, a games room and bright air conditioned rooms, this hotel is only 10 minutes walk away from the beach.Steeped in luxury, the Hilton Vilamoura is only a few minutes away from the beautiful Falesia beach. Enjoy the contemporary décor and stunning views boasted by each room of this hotel, which even allows you to bring pets.

The Abbey Restaurant in Penzance has won glorious praise. Using quality ingredients and produce, this Michelin guide recommended restaurant serves up delicious nibbles, aperitifs and cocktails in the stylish crimson downstairs room, and fabulous main courses in the light filled dining room.

The Lime Tree is the perfect option for a cosy warming hearty meal. Situated in a town house, diners here can enjoy delicious dishes such as Cornish Duck Breast and stunning crème brulee.

Rated Britain’s top coastal café, the funky Porthminster Beach Café has a seasonal menu offering an eclectic mix of seafood and fish – the pan-fried scallops are simply to die for.

Alba in St Ives is frequented more by locals than anyone else. Deadly sophisticated, this restaurant offers beautiful harbour views and absolutely stunning food.

Chysauster Ancient Village situated near Penzance is an Iron Age Settlement which dates as far back as 2,000 years. A settlement of stone walled homesteads known as “courtyard houses,” these fascinating ruins are fascinating to visit and make a great day out.

For a day of pure tranquillity, visit the Poppy Cottage Garden. The acre of garden sits in the beautiful Roseland Peninsula, and it is blossoming with beautiful and exotic flowers and shrubs. There are plenty of places around to enjoy a cup of tea and a cake.

The Cornish Birds of Prey Centre features over 50 Birds of Prey which visitors can watch in flying displays. There are also three fishing lakes and other animals such as ponies and deer and guests can hire an assistant for the day.

Porthleven Beach in Helston is the perfect retreat. Near the village of Porthleven, these glorious sands stretch for three miles and the scenery is absolutely stunning. Visitors are advised not to bathe here as there are strong undercurrents.

The National Maritime Museum in Falmouth, Cornwall, is the perfect place to take the family. It has over 15 galleries celebrating the history of the UK and offers various other fantastic exhibitions.

Cornwall enjoys fantastic weather in the summer months, so for the best beach experience, go from May to September.

Flights and hotel prices will be slightly greater in this period, so it is best to book in advance.

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