Laid-back Lizard

by bella |
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Cornwall’s coastal gem boasts dramatic scenery, rare wildlife and secluded coves

Why go?

The pristine beaches and blue seas of Cornwall attract over five million tourists a year, but the Lizard – the mainland UK’s most southernly point – is that extra bit special. Here you will find a unique landscape, dramatic cliffs and small harbour villages, where holiday makers come to relax, enjoy the scenery and really immerse themselves in nature. And with over 600 species of flowering plants to discover, including several threatened species, and fascinating wildlife, it’s not hard to see why. Add into the mix some picturesque scenery, pretty villages and great food and you’ve got a destination to add 
to your holiday list.

Make a splash!

If you’re looking for something to make your trip that little bit more memorable, head to Lizard Adventure, where you can enjoy water activities, including sea kayaking, surfing and paddle boarding. They offer everything from gentle introductions for beginners to adrenaline rushes for thrill seekers, and if you’re lucky you might spot seals and basking sharks!

Those wanting a boat trip can enjoy a trip on Mollie May, a traditional Cornish fishing boat that can seat up to 10 passengers. Trips run daily from Porthleven Harbour, and on days with good weather you can also enjoy a sunset trip, the breathtaking chance to watch the sun set from the sea.

Foodie haven

Unsurprisingly the food scene in the Lizard is fantastic. Porthleven has a popular food festival every year (held in April) and the harbour is lined with restaurants offering great food all year round. For a refuel, head to Fat Apples Café, located just a few minutes from Porthallow beach. The family-run eatery offers doorstop sandwiches, frittatas, sausages rolls and colourful salads.

For dinner, choose the restaurant at The Polurrian to relax after a long day of exploring. Take in the far-stretching sea views and enjoy the friendly and personal service, while enjoying the varied menu including wood fired pizza, fresh fish and locally sourced meat and fruit and vegetables.

Walking and beaches

Exploring the Lizard by foot is a must. Being so far south, the land is exposed to the elements meaning it is both beautiful and wild. Bird watchers should bring their binoculars as you can often spot rare birds, that have been blown off course during migration, around this area.

A 5km circular walk from Lizard village to Kynance Cove is a great place to start, where you can take in the spectacular views and enjoy the wildflowers along the way. Kynance Cove itself is surrounded by red-green cliffs and the sea is almost tropical blue. It’s so spectacular it has appeared on several TV shows and films including Poldark. Enjoy an ice cream from the eco-friendly café as 
you take in this secluded cove.

More experienced walkers can take on the Lizard coastal walk, a three-hour hike around the Lizard Peninsula, which is the most southernly tip of mainland Britain. For families or those who struggle with walking, Poldhu Cove is easily accessible from the surrounding car park and has a beautiful sandy beach. It is popular with surfers too, so a fun place to sit and observe!

Where to stay

We checked in to The Polurrian on the Lizard, which boasts stunning sea views, stylish interiors and a wonderful laid-back, yet sophisticated feel. Recently refurbished, the hotel offers comfortable rooms, many with sea views, a sundown bar and stylish restaurant as well as a gym, spa and indoor and outdoor swimming pool.

The most relaxing part of the trip was enjoying the cocktail menu and Cornish gins while watching the sun setting over the sea in Vista Lounge, which has floor-to-ceiling windows. The bar also has a delicious menu should you feel peckish – we recommend the fish and chips!

There is plenty for families too. The hotel is perched on the cliff side and the beautiful terrace leads you down to the short (and safe) walk to Pollurian Cove, where kids can explore the beach and rock pools. There is also a playground with arguably the best view from swings in the country! What’s more, the hotel also offer blankets for picnics and buckets and spades.

Choose to stay in the hotel’s incredible three-bedroom Island Suite and you will get a private outdoor hot tub with a sea view, plus use of their electric Nosmoke buggy. Perfect for a fun way to make the short trip down to the beach with a picnic!

Need to Know

  • Prices for a stay at the Polurrian on the Lizard start from £119 per night on a bed and breakfast basis. The Lizard is around a five-hour drive from London. For more info and to book, visit For more information on water sports, visit

Words: Annabelle Lee

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