You won’t make it to Lizard Peninsula by chance, this spot of ultimate relaxation–located at the south-western tip of Cornwall, England–is truly a vacation destination. Come visit one of the warmest spots in Britain for rugged coastlines, pristine nature trails and quaint villages.
Boasting an extraordinary variety of beaches, Lizard Peninsula strays from England’s iconic rock beaches. Here, you’ll find sandy shores much closer to those at home. From bustling beaches to quiet waterfronts, Lizard Peninsula has something for everyone. If you are in the area, we recommend packing up your towel and sunnies and heading over to any of these:
This small patch of land is a part of the National Trust. Follow the toll road for easy access and see one of the area’s most painted and photographed sights. Enjoy the sun and sand surrounded by aquamarine waves.
Special note: due to Kynance Cove’s small size, the beach is greatly restricted at high tide.
This beach is a must-see for geology buffs. See one of the world’s greatest geological rarities–the 375-million-year-old ‘Moho’, or the once junction between the Earth’s crust and the lower molten mantle. For the less scientifically-minded, just relax on the golden sand and take a turn kayaking on the azure waters.
A magical place for a beach walk, St. Anthony is difficult to find but worth the hunt. This nature-lovers’ paradise is home to more bird songs than you’ll know what to do with, nearly 80 species of fish, and what is locally known as the ‘quietest creek in Cornwall’.
For lush nature and mountain views, take a walk to the Lizard Peninsula coastline. Visit in the English springtime to see flowers turn pick, yellow and blue or in the summer to see purple blossoms dotting the cliffside. On your next holiday to Cornwall, don’t forget to take a look at these pristine gardens:
A surprising landscape for the area, Trebah Garden offers views of sub-tropical species. This outdoor paradise, situated by the Helford River, has been named one of the 80 finest gardens in the world and is filled with 100-year-old rhododendrons, magnolias and camellias.
Located at the heart of an historic estate, this garden has been owned by the National Trust since 2000. See one of the area’s most beautiful and beloved old houses and wander through the mysterious woodland at Godolphin House. This site is also a functioning hotel with a renowned tea room.
This vast garden offers the largest collection of daffodils in the UK–more than a thousand varieties bloom on the Trevarno grounds annually. Other exhibits include flowers from America, New Zealand, the Netherlands and Hungary.
If lounging on a beach isn’t your speed (hey, to each his own), take a look at some of Lizard Peninsula’s other family-friendly attractions:
This popular theme park is open rain or shine, offering indoor and outdoor rides for all ages. From thrill seekers to those who prefer a gentler pace, there is an attraction to satisfy everyone here. Family history buffs, rest assured: this holiday won’t be all mindless fun. Flambards also offers an award-winning Vitorian Village that recreates the charm of old England.
A busy rescue centre, Seal Sanctuary offers views of seals, sea lions, penguins, otters, goats, sheep and ponies.
Get up close and personal with a pack of camels on this quirky working farm. Entry to Cornish Camels is free and the camels love visitors. This site is also a popular wedding destination, so keep an eye out and you may just catch a bouquet when you visit.
Recover and relax on Lizard Peninsula; it’s almost impossible not to. Rest easy knowing you’re covered in the event of any serious issues on vacation when you purchase an international travel insurance policy from Cover-More. Consider cover–you’ll be glad you did.
Image courtesy of Flickr user Nana B Agyei; cropped from original