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Holidays in Mevagissey

Named for the two saints Meva and Issey this is a quintessential Cornish fishing harbour

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Mevagissey harbour

Whether you’re roaming the narrow streets to the water’s edge during the day or indulging in a delicious meal overlooking the village, Mevagissey is a truly idyllic holiday destination.

Its unique name derives from two Irish saints, St Meva and St Issey. This historic coastal village dates back to 1313, making it one of Cornwall’s oldest and most charming locations. Cottages line the village down to the harbour, where colourful boats bob in the water.

Travelling along the coast by ferry is one of the best ways to explore Cornwall. The ferry from Mevagissey to Fowey offers a 35-minute journey with spectacular sea views. For a beach day, the village beach is truly charming. Grab a portion of fish and chips from The Fishermen’s Chippy for lunch. Nearby, the golden sands of Gorran Haven and Pentewan Beach offer plenty of space to swim and explore. The Lost Gardens of Heligan also offer a wondrous day out, set in nearby Pentewan. With a blend of jungle, wildlife and woodland, this is a great place for families. The gardens can be accessed along a delightful circular walk from Pentewan to Mevagissey.

Mevagissey is packed with character

Walkers can roam one of the many routes to and from the village, passing through Pentewan Valley, Gorran Haven and Portmellon. For more family activities, check out Mevagissey Model Railway and Mevagissey Museum.

Mevagissey’s eclectic range of eateries creates a buzz in the evenings, with the light from traditional pubs and seafood restaurants glowing in the harbour. If you’re eager to try some local seafood, try The Sharks Fin . Serving delectable fresh dishes with a twist, such as handpicked crab sandwiches, fish tacos and a mackerel fillet burger; you’re in for a treat.

“The village dates back to 1313, making it one of Cornwall’s oldest and most charming locations.”

For traditional British cuisine with a Cornish twist, Number Five is a fine choice. Try the Cornish medallions of pork fillet or the Cornish cheese board to try a selection of award-winning local cheeses. The Salamander Restaurant is also revered among locals and visitors, offering unusual meals from Yam Yam Duck to salmon and pumpkin cakes. Foodies also won’t want to miss out on Mevagissey Feast Week . If you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy a local ale or cider and Mevagissey’s stunning views, try the Harbour Tavern, which is set on the water.

While you’re there

Mevagissey Museum

This building dates back to 1745 and is packed full of interesting exhibits.

Lost Gardens of Heligan

There's over 200 acres of mysterious gardens and estate to explore.

World of Model Railways

This is one of Cornwall's favourite attractions and is great for the whole family.

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