St. Ives is magnificently situated, overlooking a spectacular crescent of beaches. St Ives grew up around a small chapel built by St. Ia in the sixth century. The productive waters around St. Ives made it an important fishing port. Little fishing now takes place from the town, however the old fishing quarter is worth exploring, it is a picturesque warren of stone cottages, cobbled alleys and narrow streets.
Porthmeor Beach to the north side of St. Ives is a wide expanse of sands and popular with surfers, whilst Porthminster Beach is a favourite for swimming and sunbathing. East of the town is St. Ives Bay, with magnificent golden beaches.
St. Ives with its wonderful pure light, has been attracting artists since the nineteenth century. The Tate Gallery shows changing displays from the Tate’s collection, temporary exhibitions, contemporary artists’ projects, and events programme.
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