West Cornwall’s Most Instagramable locations
From wind thrashed beaches in the depths of winter, to iconic cave formations in lagoon-esque waters, Cornwall is home to some seriously Instagramable spots. Whether you seek the sublime and dramatic, or the pretty and peaceful, if you love to fill your Insta-squares with the mother nature’s beauty spots, then read on and discover west Cornwall’s most Instagramable locations …
It’s not somewhere you stumble across, but take the hike down to the hidden cove of Nanjizal and you will be rewarded with ‘The Song of the Sea Cave’. Naturally cut into the cliffs, it is surrounded by two natural pools which are great for wild swimming. The cove is located on Cornwall’s most southerly tip. We recommend parking at Porthgwarra Beach car park and following the coast path north to Nanjizal Cove, taking in the most breathtaking scenery along the way. With a few pit stops to admire the views, allow for around one hour each way. The cove is only accessible at low tide, and visitors should only swim on a calm day.
The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno and Pedn Vounder
Porthcurno is widely known as one of Cornwall’s most beautiful beaches. Clear blue waters, soft white sand and rugged cliffs need no filter here. It is a popular spot for families, especially with the nearby Minack Theatre. Carved into the cliff edge, visitors can watch a show under the stars.
A few hundred metres east of Porthcurno lies a tiny, more secluded cove called Pedn Vounder. With its remote location and steep coast path, those with a taste for adventure will enjoy the journey to this little slice of paradise. Best visited within an hour each side of low tide, when little coves appear in the rock face.
Where to stay: Seaclusion
St Michaels Mount
This castle settled on a rocky island is one of Cornwall’s most iconic landmarks; it was even featured in Game of Thrones spin off House of The Dragon. You can catch the boat over from the town of Marazion, or even better, walk the cobbled causeway at low tide and stoop through ancient doorways at the mediaeval castle. Photograph the unique causeway leading up to the mount, grab a snapshot of the incredible orange bay at sunset or, if you want to capture the mount from a whole different angle, take a board or kayak and paddle around the island with a waterproof phone pouch!
Where to stay: Seascape
The Island, St Ives
It’s not really an Island, but more of a beautiful headland jetting out into St Ives Bay. Sitting between Porthmeor and Porthgwidden beaches, the headland is peppered with pretty Sea Pinks in the Summer months. The Island boasts incredible views of the surrounding bay and is also one of the best sea-bird watching sites in Europe. Dolphins and Porpoises can often be seen playing in the bay! The Island can be accessed via footpath from either of the beaches; Porthmeor or Porthgwidden.
Where to stay: Water’s Edge
If you’re feeling inspired to get your camera out, you can start planning your trip and view all of our West Cornwall Gems here.