Visit Mevagissey and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Mevagissey, Cornwall. Walk up the path among the cottages on the north side of the harbour and you could almost be on a Greek Island. Fishermen and their wives sit on their doorsteps talking quietly, with children playing about them. The cottages are often three-story, the top two faced with slate or planks. They are nothing from a distance: you have to go among them.
Otherwise Mevagissey lacks the magic that overrides commercialization in Looe or Polperro. In the 18th and 19th century it grew rich on pilchard fishing and, like so many Cornish coast villages, smuggling. Vast quantities of pilchards were exported: 4,000 tons in 1724. Italy was the biggest customer. Now the little town's main industry is tourism, but fishing is thriving again after a decline earlier in the present century.
After Looe this is the main centre for shark fishing.
The nearest beaches are Poistreath to the North and Portmellon to the South. To the former you have to walk, steeply; to the latter you can drive.
Goran Haven, 2 miles South, was Mevagissey's rival in the great pilchard days. Tiny, it has one pretty street containing a supreme example of a slate-hung house, and a small beach. In Goran church, 1 mile inland, are good l6th-century bench-ends.
A further 2 miles South is Dodman Point, a gorse-covered headland rising some 370 ft above the sea. You have to walk the last ½ mile to it, but on a sunny day either in spring or late summer the yellow gorse against the blue sea is stunning.
Nearby towns: Fowey, Par, St. Austell, Truro
Nearby villages: Boconnoc, Bugle, Creed, Gerrans, Golant, Grampound, Ladock, Lanlivery, Lansallos, Lanteglos, Lanteglos, Lerryn, Lostwithiel, Luxulyan, Mitchell, Pentewan, Philleigh, Porthscatho, Probus, Roche, Ruan Lanihorne, St. Blazey, St. Dennis, St. Enoder, St. Ewe, St. Stephen, St. Veep, St. Winnow, Stenalees, Tregoney, Tywardreath, Veryan, White Cross
Have you decided to visit Mevagissey or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Mevagissey bed and breakfast (a Mevagissey B&B or Mevagissey b and b)
- a Mevagissey guesthouse
- a Mevagissey hotel (or motel)
- a Mevagissey self-catering establishment, or
- other Mevagissey accommodation