St Ives, whose elevation gives the town wonderful views over the inspiring bay the same name, is epicentre Cornwall’s art scene. landscapes, plentiful light, peace and quiet and the low cost of living brought artist flocking into the country, and they congregated in the town, later becoming known as the St Ives School. Large Porthmeor Beach, which stretches across the north end of the town, is the main expanse of sand. High water quality and respectable – sized waves bring in the surf crowd. Portminister, to the south, is another popular sport, and get crowded in the summer. The former has Blue Flag status, denoting its cleanliness, as did the latter until losing its destination owing to heavy rainfall.