Mevagissey is a historic port on Cornwall’s spectacular south coast. If you want to explore the region’s best beaches and enjoy lobster, plaice and sole straight from the harbour, a traditional Cornish holiday cottage in Mevagissey is hard to beat. A steep valley descends into the village, where cosy pubs, cafes, galleries and gift shops huddle around the harbour walls. Climb to the top of Polkirt Hill for a lovely view of the village’s slate and cob buildings, and higgledy-piggledy lanes. Nearby, the stunning Lost Gardens of Heligan are not to be missed, with amazing displays of sub-tropical flowers and trees. Mevagissey is well known for its annual events, such as Mevagissey Feast Week, featuring live music, exhibitions and plenty of opportunities to try the region’s very best produce. Wine-enthusiasts won’t want to miss Polmassick Vineyard, where unique local red, white and sparkling wines can be enjoyed.

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Self-catering holidays in Mevagissey are perfect for exploring the unspoiled, sandy beaches of Cornwall’s south coast. A short distance from the village is Gorran Haven, a beautiful swimming spot, overlooked by towering cliffs and backed by lush, unspoiled countryside. There are few more idyllic ways to see the coast than from the deck of one of the local ferries. From Mevagissey Harbour, take a half-hour ride to Fowey, along a dramatic stretch of coast, where basking sharks and dolphins are often spotted. For hundreds of years, Mevagissey has been a thriving fishing community and is home to some of Cornwall’s best seafood restaurants, where delicious scallops and mackerel can be enjoyed as fishing boats bob in the harbour. The village has a number of family-friendly attractions, including a fascinating aquarium on the western edge of the harbour, and a charming model railway with Cornish tin mines and a meticulously designed port.