St Ives is renowned for its cosmopolitan mix of restaurants, art galleries, beaches and stunning scenery. Whether you are looking for a quiet weekend away, a relaxing week on the beach, or an energetic mix of surfing, golf, walking or diving there is something here for you.
Dating back to the first days of Christianity in Britain St Ives is named after a young woman missionary called St Ia who, according to local legend, floated over from Ireland on a leaf. For much of its history St Ives was a fishing port, home to about a thousand fishing families who earned a living catching the local Mackerel, Herring and Pilchards. Much of the town’s historical charm remains in the granite cottages and the labyrinth of lanes and alleys in the area still known as “Down-Long” or “Downalong”.
Although St Ives is still home to a small fishing fleet many of the fishing boats have now been replaced with pleasure boats and the fisherman’s cottages are now home to a thriving art colony and a choice of spectacular holiday accommodation.