From a small fishing village known as Towan Blystra to a Californian–style coastal town, Newquay is now known for its good food, sandy beaches, surfing, and laid-back lifestyle, making it one of the most popular holiday destinations in the UK.
Where to stay
We might be slightly bias on this but we think there’s nowhere better than the Lewinnick Lodge! Away from the main hustle and bustle of the town centre, the Lewinnick is set among the theatrical rocks of Pentire Headland, the huge windows blur the boundaries between inside and out, bringing coastal panoramas to your bedside and allowing natural light to flood each room. You’ll find yourself subconsciously taking a deep breath of sea air and feel yourself relax.
We’re also perfectly placed for storm-watching or for those summer evenings spent gazing at the ocean as the sun sets over the horizon, accompanied by a crisp white wine or cool lager.
And with a menu curated from the best, quality ingredients you’ll feast on the likes of light, fresh polenta-crusted squid with a Vietnamese-dressed salad – or tuck into a succulent steak dish, sourced from local Cornish farms.
There is nothing more therapeutic than getting into the ocean especially on a beautiful day, start with an early morning paddle board session with our friends at Newquay Activity Centre, the Snorkel and SUP Adventure is the coolest way to see the coastline, while also getting up close with underwater marine life while snorkelling in sheltered coves.
After your SUP session and little R&R, head into the town and seek out some of the local independent eateries There are honestly so many to choose from we could not just recommended one, but here’s a few of our favourites (sssshhh). If you’re looking for good coffee, delicious cakes and light bites, try The Basket or Jam Jar. If Taco’s, Tequila (and mini golf) are more your style, head to Gilmores and for beach takeaway Gusto Grill and Roast is the go to.
The coastline of Newquay is dramatic and full of heritage, so spend the afternoon drifting along the coast path from Fistral to Great Western. You’ll pass Huer’s Hut, the working harbour, and sea glass–rich sandy beaches, if the tide is low enough you might be able to walk back across the beach but do check with someone who understands the tides before you set off.
End your day back at the Lewnnick Lodge for a sunset supper, the crab linguine is a local’s favourite, pair with sublime pink sunset and Cornish sparkling wine for pure submersion into Cornish life.
Make the most of the sunshine with a beach day – and with 7 to choose from you’re spoilt for choice. However, we’re going to throw in a 8th beach that will take you on a little adventure. Follow the SWCP west towards Crantock Beach and you’ll stumble across a locals secret, the Fern Pitt Café. Stop here for Cornish Crab sandwiches and chips, not only will you’ll be mesmerised by the views of the Gannel Estuary, you’ll wonder if you’ve been teleported to another world. Meander down through the Fern Pitt gardens and cross the River on the footbridge (you’ll need to take the passenger ferry if it’s high tide, so make sure you’ve got some loose change). Step onto the sand of the dune backed beach of Crantock. From here you can either enjoy the bathing in the rivermouth, hide in the dunes or make your way round to the main beach for some surf spectating. While you are here you might want to take a surf lesson or to try bodyboarding, there’s a local surf school in the national Trust carpark that offer lessons and hire.
For a perfect end to a perfect day, you could choose to dine with us again -this time we’d recommend locals favourite Moules Frites or Pan Roasted Hake, followed with a Westcountry Cheese board or the Dark chocolate and Cherry Torte for the sweet toothed.