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Mevagissey is a picturesque fishing village on the south coast of Cornwall.

Understand

Enjoy time wandering around the harbour and the shops, eating Cornish pasty's or ice cream (a recipe for a heart attack, according to a local GP!). There's a number of restaurants and pubs and it's a good base for visiting local attractions such as the Lost Gardens of Heligan and the Eden project.

There's a large car park as you enter the village which is a good place to stop since the lanes ahead get quite narrow and busy, especially in the Summer months.

The winter months are also a great time to visit, especially over New Year where everyone dresses up in fancy dress and wander between the pubs.

Mevagissey is pronounced 'Mevagizzey', with the stress on the penultimate syllable i.e.'gizz'

Get in

If you are driving, you need to take the A390 to St Austell and turn off at McDonalds. If you are coming from Exeter or beyond, the A30 into Cornwall is half an hour quicker than the A38 via Plymouth.

There is a mainline train service through St Austell, and a regular bus service from St Austell to Mevagissey. National Express also stop at St Austell.

Newquay airport is only about 45 minutes drive away, and there are an expanding range of air services flying into Newquay these days - try Air South West, BA and Ryanair.

Get around

Best not to try to drive around the village while you are here - unless you like squeezing past other cars and pedestrians in the very narrow streets. Park up and walk! The harbour car park is the best value, and this helps to support the harbour, which is a charity.

See

Most people come to see the harbour and its fishing boats. The Aquarium and Museum, both on the harbourside, are also worth a look. Both are charities and rely on donations from visitors.

Do

Feast week is an annual event in June when there's a carnival, live music, dancing, processions, raft races etc. It is always the week with the 29th of June in it (St Peter's day - patron saint of fishermen and of the local parish church). If the 29th is a Sunday, as it is in 2008, that is the first day of Feast Week.

In July and August you can take an hour trip around the bay on one of the local fishing boats, or hire a self-drive motor boat from the Aquarium slipway.

The Lost Gardens of Heligan are less than a mile away as the crow flies (OK, a bit further by car), but you can walk up through the valley via the cyclepath, or footpath through Heligan Mill - although the latter can get very muddy. Nice cafe at the gardens.

Visit the Mevagissey museum its very interesting and free. You can find it on the left hand side of the harbour

Buy

Eat

  • Alvorada, formerly at 2 Polkirt Hill but now in Church Street - you'll see it when you drive in on the one way system, 01726 842055. Excellent Portuguese restaurant run by a husband and wife team, with a friendly atmosphere and classic peasant cuisine. Phone in advance to check their (slightly unpredictable) opening times. £20-35. Now offering tapas from £5 a dish lunch times and evenings> Try the broad bean and choriza .

Drink

Sleep

  • Fountain Inn, Cliff Street, 01726 842320. A pleasant real ale pub, serving superb home cooked food.The rooms have been recently updated. B&B rooms with ensuite from £30 pppn.
  • The Moorings, Polkirt Hill - 01726 843476. A B&B with 2 double en suite rooms from £25pppn overlooking the harbour, and with its own parking (which is a rarity in Mevagissey).
  • Tregorran, Cliff Street, PL26 6QW, 01726842319, [1]. The views are amazing and it is a short drive from Eden project and the Heligan Gardens. The breakfast was good and the owners very friendly. It is £40 for a single and £65 for a double room (as off November 2008) 40-65.

Get out

During the summer months there's a regular passenger ferry between Mevagissey and Fowey, which is a nice way to spend 30 minutes on a sunny day. Alternatively walk along the coastal path in either direction passing by some beautiful and quiet beaches, or hire cycles in the nearby Pentewan village and go for a ride along the many cycle paths nearby.

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