Cornwall is Britain’s southernmost county and the only recognized Celtic nation within England. As such, it has its own language and unique culture, but tourists flock here for its hundreds of sandy beaches, harbor villages and rich history. At Whitsand Bay, you can relax on the mile-long stretch of golden sand and fine-tune your surfing skills. Nearby, Land’s End offers views of magnificent natural landscapes and the Atlantic Ocean.

    While you’re here, try an authentic Cornish pasty, followed by a dessert of Cornish fairings or ice cream. Nature lovers should visit the Eden Project, the world’s largest indoor rainforest, and the beautiful botanical Lost Gardens of Heligan. Falmouth, Newquay, Truro and Penzance are the most popular tourist destinations in this historic county.

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    • St Ives

      St Ives is a small but precious destination on the Cornish coast of England, with a picturesque town clinging to the rugged cliffs around an old port. Despite its small size, it hits all the right notes for a great family vacation destination – charming cottages, award-winning eateries, blue-flag beaches, and plenty to do for the little ones.

      The town’s fascinating history particularly revolves around the fishing harbor. Modern festivals give St Ives an unexpectedly lively vibe for such a quaint old place. It still retains that uniquely English bizarreness, though – look out for the Hurling the Silver Ball custom, which sees a metal ball getting thrown from one person to the other in a chase across the town.

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