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St Ives – officially Britain’s best seaside town

A postcard from St Ives

Britain’s coastline has numerous outstanding attractions but I have to agree with the Guardian, who this week awarded the Cornwall town of St Ives the title of Britain’s best seaside town 2007.

I have been going to St Ives at least once a year since early childhood – it is pretty much my second home. It’s even where my wife and I chose to get married.

Set in Penwith’s rugged landscape, it has everything you could want. Good surf, great places to eat, stunning coastal walks and art galleries including Tate St Ives.

Illuminated by it’s own solar ringflash, St Ives is bathed in light reflected from the white sands of the three beaches that encircle the town, Porthmeor, Porthminster and Porthgwidden. It’s this luminous quality to the light that has attracted artists to the peninsula for many years

Find out more about why St Ives beat 12 other nominations in the Guardian’s interactive guide to the town.

And if you are wondering where the old postcard of St Ives Harbour at the top of this post came from, I found it here in a stunning collection of postcards of St Ives and Lelant.

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