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Summer in Cornwall

Its remote location, rugged landscape, and torrid history of magic and mayhem make this one of the UK’s most exotic destinations
The mesmerising abbey-topped St Michael’s Mount

SIGHTS

Eden Project £££

(edenproject.com)

Lodged at the bottom of an old china clay pit, the giant biomes of the Eden Project are the world’s largest greenhouses. Once used for filming a Bond villain’s lair, Eden’s biomes maintain mini ecosystems that enable all kinds of weird and wonderful plants to fourish – from stinking rafesia flowers and banana trees to cacti and soaring palms. In summer, the biomes provide a backdrop for live concerts.

Kynance Cove

(nationaltrust.org.uk/kynance-cove)

A mile north of Lizard Point, this inlet is a showstopper, studded with ofshore islands rising out of searingly blue seas. It’s an impossibly beautiful spot and when the seas aren’t too rough, an exhilarating place for a wild swim. Drinks and snacks are available at the beach café.

Perranporth Beach

Perranporth’s huge, fat, sandy beach is popular with bucket-and-spade families and surfers alike. It’s more than a mile long, backed by dunes and rocky clifs, and usually has space even on the busiest days. It’s home to the Watering Hole, the hub of local nightlife. There’s a large car park right beside the beach.

St Michael’s Mount ££

(stmichaelsmount.co.uk)

Looming up in Mount’s Bay and connected to the mainland at Marazion by a cobbled causeway, this abbey-crowned island is an unforgettable sight. Initially a Benedictine monastery, then the seat of the St Aubyn family, it’s a must-visit. Highlights include the rococo drawing room, the small armoury and the church that dates back to 1135, but it’s the cliftop gardens that really steal the show. You can catch the ferry from Marazion at high tide, but in summer it’s worth arriving at low tide so you can walk across the causeway, as pilgrims did centuries ago. Check the website for the causeway’s opening hours.

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