Something about Marazion reminds us of a fairytale. With the enchanting sight of St Michaels Mount looming high above the sea and two shimmering sandy beaches, Marazion holidays are the ultimate escape from it all. The oldest town in Cornwall, this is a place of myth and legend, where ancient cottages perch on hillsides and the sound of laughter drifts from friendly pubs. The streets of the town favour quirky boutiques over chains, and the cafes don’t disappoint when it comes to fresh, local produce and hearty portions.
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There’s only one place to begin when it comes to our favourite Marazion attractions – the ethereal and iconic St Michael’s Mount. This small tidal island sits in the bay and has attracted pilgrims in their thousands for centuries. You can wait for the tide to go out and walk your way across the causeway, or make your way by boat. But however you reach the foot of the mount, it’ll take your breath away.
There are few things quite as romantic as a castle in the middle of the sea. The medieval castle and its church offer fascinating glimpses into what life on the island was like. Wander the subtropical gardens and enjoy the views across to the mainland, or tuck into a plate of handpicked crab at the Island Café before you head back across the water.
We promised you two beaches in Marazion, and two beaches you shall have. With those gorgeous views of St Michael’s Mount, Marazion Beach is the area’s most popular. When the tide goes out you’ll see the granite causeway once walked by faithful pilgrims, so this sandy beach has a magical feel to it all year round.
If you’re after a sun trap to call home for a day, wander the sand dunes and you’ll find plenty of private sandy spots to help you relax on a sunny afternoon. Marazion Beach has lifeguard cover during season, a seasonal dog ban, and there’s a play park nearby for the younger visitors.
Just A short drive away, you’ll find the quieter Perran Sands (or Perranuthnoe). Recommended by the Good Beach Guide in 2015, this beach sits just a mile to the east of Marazion. Sandy, peaceful and easy to access, it’s perfect for a day with the kids or a quiet walk.
Marazion sea view cottages
With all those long salty walks, you’re going to be needing a list of the very best places to eat in Marazion! The Copper Spoon is something of a landmark eatery and a must-visit stop when in town. Serving speciality coffees, delicious home-made cakes, and seasonal, local vegetarian food to eat in or take away. For a banging Cornish pasty or a range of home made savoury and sweet goodies, Philps Bakery is also not to be missed.
We love the fact that the Marazion restaurants serve up great food with laidback style. The Fire Engine Inn is another favourite with diners, and it has a Taste of the West Gold Award to its name for 2018. Think classic pub grub at its best, and all with a view you won’t be able to peel your gaze from.
With all those coastal walks and welcoming pubs, Marazion could have been made for holidays with your dog. The dog friendly Marazion scene pretty much revolves around walks and food, so get ready for a break your four-legged friend will love. We mentioned The Fire Engine (again, yum) before, and your pet will be welcome to join you in this popular foodie pub. This is a great spot to tuck into a plate of something delicious, and you’ll be close to the coast path for walkies.
The Godolphin Arms offers beachside dining with dazzling views, and it’s another one that welcomes dogs. Wander straight from the beach and into the beach bar for a cocktail as the sun goes down, or tuck into one of the legendary seafood platters after a long walk with your best friend.Dog-friendly cottages Marazion
The main beach with its sweeping sandy stretch and views of St Michael’s Mount offers some of the best sailing, wind and kite surfing in Cornwall.
On calm days you’ll be able to SUP with board hire and lessons available from GoSUP and Ocean High Kiteboarding and SUP School, both of which are based on the beach. Ocean High also hires out kayaks, so if you’re hoping to take to the water while you’re on holiday, all your bases are pretty much covered.
There’s a reason why St Michael’s Mount nabs the top spot as Cornwall’s most photographed landmark, and we can’t think of a more perfect location to witness a Cornish sunset. Head over by boat (or walk when the tide is out) and witness the sky’s display from the island itself. Or, if you’ve spent the day on Marazion’s main beach, you can wrap up your outing with a picnic on the sand, and watch the sun sink into the horizon.
There’s a lovely atmosphere to Marazion’s Fore Street, where stone buildings lend a wonderful traditional feel to the place. Along with quintessentially British gift shops like Cobble Corner and Keepsakes, you’ll find a handful of fabulous art galleries such as Out of The Blue, The Summerhouse and Market art galleries, packed with beautiful things to adorn your home with. There are also boutiquey shops like The Rigging (for clothes), Morva (gifts) and Silver (for handmade jewellery).
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