Situated just south of St Austell on the South Cornwall coast, the traditional fishing port of Mevagissey with its narrow streets and old-fashioned pubs has an ancient tradition of boat building that has remained unbroken since the mid-18th Century.
The twin harbour in the village is busy with both pleasure and working boats operating in the port. Here, you can jump aboard one of the pleasure boats and take your own fishing trip to catch your evening meal. The harbour is also a great place to relax all year round while you watch the day pass, from sipping a coffee while fisherman go about their daily business to watching the sunset with a portion of fish and chips.
As you would expect in a village that has an active fishing community, you won’t be short of choice of delicious fish based meals in the restaurants. This combined with many more restaurants serving a great variety of dishes means you’ll never be short of somewhere to eat while on holiday in Mevagissey.
At the end of June each year, the village celebrates Feast Week where entertainers, street dancers and fairground rides amuse the crowds. The event that has been running since 1752 sees the village carnival take place along with a spectacular firework display to bring festivities to a close.
The small nature of this port-village means it is ideal for a quiet getaway if you want a peaceful holiday in Cornwall. Whilst the village is quite quiet and small, you’re still only a short distance away from attractions such as The Eden Project and The Lost Gardens of Heligan which are hugely popular.
If you enjoy a walk then Mevagissey is the ideal place to be with the South West Coast Path passing through the town. Explore this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on foot reaching the other beautiful towns and villages that are scattered along the South Cornwall coastline. For those who like exploring on two wheels the Pentewan Trail starts nearby and heads to St Austell where you can relax with a hard earned drink at the St Austell Brewery.
Mevagissey boasts one of the smallest aquariums in the country which is worth a look to discover the sorts of fish that live in the area. For information on the history and traditions of the village you can also visit the Folk Museum which holds many artefacts from the community as the years have passed.
Explore this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on foot reaching the other beautiful towns and villages that are scattered along the South Cornwall coastline
With its delightful charm and untouched traditions Mevagissey is one of the most idyllic places to visit in Cornwall which will give you the feel of a traditional Cornish port village.