The twin beaches of Great and Little Lantic sit side by side on the coastline between Polruan and Looe. They're remote, but worth the effort to reach, with soft sand, good wild swimming and usually not too many people. Access is via a steep trail from the coast path.
Lonely Planet's must-see attractions
Looking like a cross between a lunar landing station and a James Bond villain's lair, the gigantic hemispherical greenhouses of the Eden Project have…
This magnificent manor, 2.5 miles southeast of Bodmin, offers a fascinating insight into Upstairs, Downstairs life in Victorian England. The house was…
Famous as the supposed birthplace of King Arthur, Tintagel's epic clifftop castle has been occupied since Roman times and once served as a residence for…
Lost Gardens of Heligan
This is Cornwall's real-life secret garden. Formerly the family estate of the Tremaynes, Heligan's magnificent 19th-century gardens fell into disrepair…
National Marine Aquarium
The UK's biggest – and perhaps best – aquarium is lodged beside the Barbican harbour. There's a huge amount to see, but the highlight is the impressive…
Two miles from St Agnes is one of Cornwall's most beautiful coves, Chapel Porth, a wild, rocky beach framed by steep, gorse-covered cliffs, owned by the…
Plymouth Fish Market
Around 60,000 tonnes of fish pass through this market, making it the second biggest by volume in England after London's Billingsgate. It's an amazing…
For a glimpse of ancient Plymouth, head down to this historic harbour area, where part-cobbled streets are lined with Tudor and Jacobean buildings, and…
There are several little-known beaches strung along the coastline between Polruan and Looe, but they can be tricky to find without a decent map. Lansallos…
2. St Fimbarrus Church
In the heart of town is the 15th-century St Fimbarrus Church, which marks the southern end of the Saints' Way, a 26-mile waymarked walking trail running…
3. St Catherine's Castle
The remains of these Tudor beach defences can still be seen at Readymoney Cove.
4. Readymoney Cove
From the town centre, the Esplanade leads down to this little cove and the remains of the small Tudor fort of St Catherine's Castle.
5. Polkerris Beach
A couple of miles west of Fowey, this is the area's largest and busiest beach. Sailing lessons, windsurfing and stand-up paddleboarding are all available.
6. Heritage Museum
A small village museum exploring Polperro's seafaring and smuggling heritage, with everything from sepia-tinted photos to shipwreck artefacts.
Four miles southeast of Lostwithiel is another quaint and ancient village, Lerryn, which sits on the banks of the picturesque creek with which it shares…
8. Talland Bay
Along the coast path between Looe and Polperro is this small sheltered beach, which makes a great spot for swimming at both low and high tide, with inlets…