Discover some of Cornwall’s Quaint Villages

Every summer, when the sun comes out, holidaymakers make their way to the South East of Cornwall, where quaint little villages await them. Coastal villages in Cornwall offer so much more than merely beach holidays. Looe and Polperro family holidays become part and parcel of enjoying Britain at its best. What family snapshot album doesn’t include them as a reminder of childhood days?

Beautiful Landscape (Creative commons)

Beautiful Landscape (Creative commons)

The Villages

Looe and Polperro are two small villages with a host of offerings for the tourist, as witnessed by the tourist information offices found in both locations. Looe is divided into the two separate and distinct areas of East and West, providing families with all the adventure a family could want. Safe swimming or simply walking contrasts with sailing and snorkeling. Thus snug little town offers freshly caught seafood and restaurants to suit all budgets. Enjoy Looe Island to see the seals. Childhood is enchanted by little Cornish villages where children learn to catch local crab on the harbor and take home souvenirs that are lasting ones to pass on to their children.

Polperro, in the same area, offers a great holiday destination. For families, it has the famous model village. This village offers a real opportunity to see Cornwall at its best, with tiny streets leading down to the harbor where you can stop for an ice-cream. The Polperro beaches are equally sandy though more beaches wait in hiding for the intrepid walkers who take to the coastal walks just outside Polperro which lead down toward the sea.

Sea landscape (Creative commons)

Sea landscape (Creative commons)

The Experience

While writing this it’s hard to get the sights and aromas of Looe and Polperro family holidays out of mind. While travellers come from many far off counties and from abroad, even the relatively local people visit the area because of what it has on offer. With the Eden project only a half mile away from Looe, step further afield and enjoy the Cornish experience. Tickets are available at Looe Tourist Information Office.

The experience is unforgettable, since so much diversity is offered by this geographic location for families to discover a little of the past and a little of what’s happening now. It’s not unusual in June to see the Morris Dancers and to join in the festival at Polperro, although the Looe and Polperro holiday experience begins the moment the children see the sea.

Getting there

From Plymouth, take the A38 over the Saltash Bridge and head toward Tideford where the family can experience the famous “TiddyOggie” or Cornish Pasty. Carry on past Trerulefoot, then take the B3251. As this meets the B3252 turn left and you are on your way. Families will be tempted to stop off on the way at the Monkey Sanctuary turning left at No Man’s Land for a diversion.

Overall view of area

This location is ideal for families. It’s a safe haven for families which offers beaches, exploring and enjoyment to young and old alike. The Looe and Polperro area are the ideal introductions to children since the wealth of opportunity offered is second to none. When a child catches their first crab on a piece of string from Looe Harbor, it’s a moment of discovery and sharing with nature. That’s what Looe and Polperro bring out in a child and what makes the area such a hit with family holidays.