Tight, narrow streets and a quaint harbour make Looe the quintessential Cornwall holiday destination. Located in South Cornwall, the town is close to Plymouth and other beautiful towns such as Fowey. You’ll be surrounded by stunning countryside and picturesque coastal views during a Looe holiday too.
The town is split into two with East and West Looe both providing different attractions for visitors. On the East side you’ll find a very family friendly beach that has wonderful facilities for all visitors to enjoy. The other side of the river provides a more rocky experience with plenty of opportunities for rock pooling fun. Being a working fishing port, the fish market kicks off in the morning and provides customers with freshly caught produce from the local waters. For anyone who wants to experience the waters first-hand, the dock at Looe gives you the chance to tour the bay in a number of different types of boats.
The harbour’s fishermen provide a lot of their goods to the local restaurants and bars, of which there are plenty for you to enjoy. A whole host of pubs that have delightful beer gardens are laced throughout the town and each gives you a chance to explore and enjoy the local produce while on holiday in Looe.
Just off the coast of the town is Looe Island (also known as St George’s Island). This small island is managed by the Cornwall Wildlife Trust and day trips are run during the summer months. A visit to the island is a great opportunity to see unique birds in this unspoilt haven, you may even spot a seal or two if you’re lucky. You can also get up close to more animals at the popular Porfell Wildlife Park or The Monkey Sanctuary close by.
Looe is close to the home of Europe’s first artificial reef, HMS Scylla which provides a brilliant environment for fishing or diving. The reef attracts plenty of visitors each year and if you fancy a dive yourself, is well worth a go! If you want to keep your head above water there are plenty of stately houses to visit in and around Looe including Cotehele, Mount Edgcumbe House, Lanhydrock and Antony House.
Looe is close to the home of Europe’s first artificial reef, HMS Scylla which provides a brilliant environment for fishing or diving
One of Looe’s most impressive times is New Year’s Eve. Revellers come from far and wide to enjoy the outstanding firework display celebrations in fancy dress and the town has become renowned all around the country for its festivities. Another time for celebration in the town is the annual Looe Music Festival, taking place in September attracting many big names from the world of music.