A place of Dreams. This is St Ives, one of the most famous holiday towns in Cornwall - a jewel situated at the south-western tip of this island kingdom yet readily accessible by road, rail and air. Crystal blue waters, the surf, the golden sands, year round sub-tropical temperatures and the warmth of the local welcome. Today, as for centuries before, life centres around the harbour where fishing boats still moor alongside granite piers, their catch being sent around the world and earning an enviable reputation for its quality and variety in some of the finest restaurants. St. Ives during the summer months is a blaze of colour. Radiating from the harbour, its maze of narrow cobbled streets are filled with flowers - not particularly surprising for a town which regularly wins the 'Britain in Bloom' competition. A mild climate, warmed by the gulf stream and almost frost-free winters makes it possible to grow plants and shrubs normally native to semi-tropical countries hundreds of miles further south. Try us for a winter break in Cornwall!

As well as its tradition of fishing, St Ives is world famous as an art centre and studios, shops and galleries are everywhere. The Tate St Ives, part of the Tate Gallery in London, was opened in 1993 and is, perhaps, the flagship of Cornish art. As night falls at the end of another perfect day, St Ives comes alive - with bars restaurants and cafés to suit every pocket and every taste in a truly cosmopolitan atmosphere. And finally as the disappearing sun paints the sea and sky in glorious pink, it is time to plan what to do tomorrow. One thing though is for certain, whether it is time to relax or inspire, or for the mystery and romance, St Ives has nothing but the finest holiday ingredients.

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