Wondering how to impress your loved one this Valentine’s Day? Here are seven of the best reasons to visit Padstow in Cornwall for a romantic break.
[updated January 2023]
If you’re looking to get away from it all and take some time for just the two of you, Valentines is the perfect time to enjoy Cornwall without hoards of holidaymakers. Indulge in the quiet beaches, crowd-free shops and galleries, and peaceful, laid-back atmosphere.
One of the main draws of this part of Cornwall is the stunning coastal scenery. In mid February you can have the run of the beaches and footpaths. On some walks, you may not see another sole for hours so it’s great for private, hand-holding strolls along the coast. There’s a wide choice of options for lovers including these recommended winter walking routes.
Spring arrives early in Cornwall. It’s generally a lot milder in the south west at this time of year than other parts of the country. This means you can enjoy daffodils, snowdrops and other spring flowers to add romantic colour to a Valentine’s break.
What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, or any other day on your Cornish getaway, than with a romantic meal for two at an award-winning restaurant? While in busier months it can be difficult to bag a table at Padstow’s top restaurants without booking months in advance, in February you’ll be spoilt for choice for venues where you can enjoy an intimate meal – and many restaurants put on special menus to celebrate Valentines. To really show your love you could splash out on a meal at Paul Ainsworth’s Number 6 or Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant in Padstow, or one of Outlaw’s restaurants in Port Issac.
Looking for that extra special gift for your other half? Find the perfect present in the unique shops and galleries in Padstow, which are packed with original arts, crafts, clothes and jewellery. Checkout our favourite places in Padstow for a little retail therapy, while further afield, Wadebridge, Truro and St Ives offer fantastic shopping experiences and have boutiques brimming with gifts for lovers.
There’s no shortage of visitor attractions where you can spend valuable time together during a romantic holiday. Some places even put on special exhibits or events to help people celebrate Valentine’s Day. Not all attractions are open in the winter, so it’s worth checking which are open for a lovers’ day out. Top recommendations for romantic inspiration include Tate St Ives, the Eden Project (where you go through the Tunnel of Love exhibition and take a twirl on the ice skating rink) and Trelissick House and Gardens.
February is also a great time of year to pick up a bargain for a weekend away or longer holiday in and around Padstow. Many of our holiday properties offer reduced winter prices, which helps bring down the cost of a Valentine’s break and leaves more money to spend on each other. You can choose from cosy cottages, homely town houses and boutique apartments for an extra special romantic retreat.
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