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Mevagissey, Cornwall

Mevagissey Harbour Mevagissey Mevagissey Harbour Lights Mevagissey Mevagissey Christmas 2014 Christmas Lights in Mevagissey Cove near Portmellon Pentewan Sands Gorran Haven

Photographs courtesy of Baxter Bradford (www.baxterbradford.com) and Marina Rule (www.marinarule.com)

Mevagissey is a traditional Cornish Village located on the South Coast of Cornwall in the area known as the Cornish Riviera. The name Mevagissey is based on two Irish saints Meva and Issey ­ in Cornish this would be Meva hag Issey. The village dates from 1313 when it was famed for its smuggling and boat building.

Today, Mevagissey still has a busy working harbour with plenty of opportunities to take a fishing or boat trip. The streets are narrow and can be quite daunting if you are driving and on your first visit! There are plenty of shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants to explore in and around the harbour. The coast all around has an abundance of beaches worth a visit, including Gorran Haven and Porthpean. Porthpean is a safe, sandy and sheltered beach and is popular with families. Gorran Haven is a pleasant sandy beach just in front of the village of Gorran Haven.

Beaches:  Gorran Haven - has two sandy beaches. It lies about 3 miles from Mevagissey and is an historic fishing village.

Par Sands beach ­ is a large expanse of firm sand backed by the dunes close to St. Austell.

Pentewan beach ­ over half a mile of sandy beach, mostly in front of Pentewan caravan park, suitable for swimming, surfing, windsurfing and sailing.

Porthpean beach ­ a popular, sandy family beach near the historic village of Charlestown which offers swimming and space for beach games.

Charlestown beach ­ a shingle beach accessed by steps down from the harbour.

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