The Eden Project is only 45 minutes away. Alternatively, for the ultimate relaxed holiday experience, come by train (transport links are excellent) and enjoy the wonderful coastal walks and beaches and indulge yourself in the many local cafes, restaurants, and pubs. In the 18th century, some of these establishments would have been the haunt of smugglers, who brought rum, brandy and tea ashore along this rocky coastline.
The historic seaside town of Looe keeps visitors entertained all year round whilst still retaining a working fishing port. Stand on the quayside in the evening and watch the boats return before dining on fresh fish in a local restaurant. The town prides itself on its fresh fish, and be it award-winning fish and chips near the river or gourmet menus in smart restaurants overlooking the harbour, you won't be disappointed. There is also a fresh fishmongers on the harbourside for those wishing to cook at home.
To work all that food off, Looe is a great place for walking. The South West Coast Path passes through the town, plus there are countless walks in the beautiful countryside, or along the two rivers that flow inland.
Looe's main beach offers soft golden sand and slopes gently to provide safe swimming and a regular sun trap. It is easily accessible from the town providing all you need for a relaxing day including cafes and shops. In addition, there's plentiful crabbing along the quayside, fishing trips as well as boat trips aplenty. Take a trip out to Looe Island, once a holy pilgrimage site, nowadays it's a sanctuary for rare plants and wildlife. It’s here you’ll find a grey seal population sunbathing on the rocks and bobbing up and down in the water. Trips out to the island start around Easter time depending on tides and weather.
A visit to Looe Museum reveals a collection of smuggling memorabilia, the town’s railway heritage and some wonderful model boats housed in the town's old Guildhall and Gaol. There's even a ghost who lurks in the dark recesses downstairs! Across on the West Looe side of the river, The Old Sardine Factory has recently opened with a heritage centre that compliments the museum, focusing on the town's maritime and fishing history.
Looe Marine Conservation Group runs regular rockpool rambles for kids of all ages. Their website has loads of information, including a what's on listing for wildlife events and encourages visitors to discover, explore and learn about rock-pooling, crabbing, snorkeling, bird watching, and fishing.
Apes and monkeys rescued from all over the world are looked after by dedicated staff at The Wild Futures Monkey Sanctuary four miles from Looe. A fascinating and informative refuge for troubled primates. Also nearby is the Porfell Wildlife Park with a broader range of animals.
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