Why Choose Mevagissey for a Budget Holiday?

If you are planning a family holiday, but have a tight budget to stick to, Cornwall is the ideal choice. The county is surrounded by stunning beaches and filled with beautiful countryside, so you can spend days in the great outdoors without having to splash out.

Among the best places to use as a base is the quiet fishing village of Mevagissey. It is wonderfully old fashioned and the narrow streets and harbour area are full of character. You will also find it is close to a number of free and low-cost attractions that are perfect for days out.

Book a south Cornwall holiday home for your stay and you will have the flexibility to come and go as you please without having to stick to hotel or guest house schedules. A family cottage here will also be less expensive and, if you wish, you can save cash on eating out by preparing your own meals using tasty locally-caught seafood.

Your accommodation in Mevagissey is sure to be close to some of the local beaches, which are great places to spend time as a family. Porthpean in the nearby village of Charlestown is an ideal location if you have young children, as there is enough room on the sand to play games and the water is safe for paddling.

The beach at Pentewan is another good option for families, as there is half a mile of sand to run about on and clean water for swimming. If you want to get out on to the waves, there are facilities for hiring canoes and dinghies.

Mevagissey is surrounded by wonderful countryside, which is ideal for walking. The gentle Pentewan Trail, which runs for 5 miles along the route of a disused rail line, is a good way to spend an afternoon. Slightly further afield, you will find the traffic-free Clay Trails, from where you can see grazing deer and the rugged rural landscape as you hike between traditional villages.

For a change of pace, try spending an afternoon at the Mevagissey Museum. This free attraction is packed with quirky artefacts that tell the story of life here during the 19th and early 20th centuries. As well as Bernard Moss pottery, items from the fishing industry and the boat building trade, it has some of the notes issued by the village's own bank in the 1800s.

Another place that kids will love is Wingz bird and animal sanctuary. Located close to the town of Par, it has owls, cockatoos, meerkats and marmosets for visitors to see.

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