Cornwall is such a charming part of the United Kingdom! Especially in summer, as you will, and I guarantee you that, feel like you are spending your holidays in Mediterranean region… as long as you do not attempt to swim without a swimming suite suitable for very cold water, that is.
St. Ives looks like Greek or Italian small city, full of artists and small shops offering local products. You can easily get lost in the labyrinth of cute little streets, but eventually you will find your way around.
The town lies on the coast of the Celtic Sea, north of Penzance and west of Camborne. In the past St. Ives was traditional fishing town, but as the fishing declined, it turned itself around and became a major tourist attraction for this part of Cornwall achieving the title of the Best UK Seaside Town from the British Travel Awards in both 2010 and 2011.
This is a very artistic town as well. In 1920 the Father of British studio pottery – Bernard Leach and his friend Shoji Hamada founded Leach Pottery in the heart of the town. Since 1928 a lot of British artists started coming to live in St. Ives and it soon became the artists’ colony. Apparently, as I was told by one of the residents, St. Ives can offer the best light for painters!
St. Ives is a great place to wander around and you will be amazed how different from England, Wales or Scotland this part of the United Kingdom is .