Beautiful Cornish Sunset Spots

August 19, 2015 by becca.lazar No Comments


There’s nothing as beautiful in its simplicity as the setting sun. In terms of the best things in life being free, you couldn’t find a better example. You just take one panoramic view, add one blanket or bench and set the timer for early evening. Then sit back and enjoy the hues of chameleonic colour blistering across the sky.

We are spoilt for choice for sunset spots here at Cornwall Holiday Cottages. It’s one of the best parts of living down here. Cornwall may have some of the most dramatic sunsets in the world, places just perfect for snuggling up under a warm blanket and watching the sun dip beneath the horizon.

Most of us only make time to watch the sun set when we’re on holiday, as if that calming, beautiful moment can only occur when we’re in an exotic place, free from everyday obligations. We really should set more time aside for the simple things as sunsets can slow down your perception of time, don’t you know. Participants in a 2012 study ( found that those that opened themselves to awe inspiring situations more often felt they had more time available and were less impatient. By taking that time to watch the world go by, we are regaining control of the clock.

Below we’ve compiled a list of great sunset spots just perfect for a summer’s evening. Some of them are great barbeque or picnic spots, others would make a great place to go after a romantic dinner. We’d also like to know what your favourite sunset spots are, so drop us a message under this link on facebook.


Pendennis Point

With a view of the Lizard Peninsula to the west and Falmouth Bay stretching out before it, the Point is the perfect place to saunter to after an early evening meal.


Sennen Cove

Perched right on the tip of England, you have Cape Cornwall stretching out on one side and Land’s End on the other. In summer dolphins often play in the bay, what better place for a sunset?


Godolphin Hill, Helston

This conical hill offers amazing 360 degree views with no artificial light, making it perfect for stargazing on a clear night or a good place to enjoy the sunset before heading down the hill on a moonlit night walk.


Loe Bar

This Sand Bar near Porthleven and Helston allows you to watch the sun reflect off the cliffs of the Lizard Peninsula as it goes down behind the distant lights of Penzance and Newlyn.


Tremayne Quay

Set in the quiet greenery of the Helford River, Tremayne Quay is the perfect spot for an evening picnic. The sun will glisten in the calm, mirroring river waters before dipping down behind the trees.


Gunwalloe’s Church Cove

To the right of this beach lies a small church and above that church, one of the best sea views on the South Coast. The panoramic view, taking in everything from Porthleven to Mousehole is truly awe inspiring beneath a burnt orange sunset.


Portreath, Porthtowan and Perranporth

These well-known surfer’s paradises on the North Coast all offer great places to drink a cocktail or a coffee as the sunsets across the beach. You’ll be in good company as people talk about the day’s waves, relaxing in the suns waning glow.


Mexico Towans

This is a local best-kept-secret. Next to the mouth of the Hayle Estuary, beginning a four mile stretch of sand which doesn’t stop until Godrevy, Mexico Towans is a blissfully quiet beach backed with extensive sand dunes and a view of Carbis Bay and St Ives. Light up a barbeque, stretch out just enjoy the view.


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