A guide to East and West Looe in Cornwall

Thursday, 30 June 2011 11:00 PM

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Booking cottages in Cornwall can be a wonderful way of discovering this fantastically picturesque, tranquil and historic region. Awash with amazing places to stay, it is home to the gorgeous East and West Looe - twin towns famed for their fantastic food and beautiful beaches.

By booking into one of Looe's beach holiday homes, you can explore all this charming location has to offer.

Separated by the River Looe and joined by a bridge, the east and west sides of the destination are renowned for the range of attractions they offer, from the active and exhilarating to the relaxing and tranquil.

The beaches can be an ideal spot for any type of break and it's East Looe that is home to some tourist favourites. Bedecked with glorious golden sand, the coastline is simply superb and you're likely to spot water sports enthusiasts taming the waves during your time here.

And if a splash in the sea appeals to you, Looe Beach is the ideal location to try your hand at something new. Indeed, you'll find there are multiple water sports facilities here, while if you're after a somewhat more tranquil activity, you could head out on a boat trip.

This is a great way to see some of the wonderful wildlife Looe's coast is home too. Taking a glass-bottomed boat ride, you'll have the chance to spot enchanting seals and other creatures playing in the waves.

There are also numerous pubs, restaurants and little shops to explore in East Looe - perfect for a relaxing day out.

Walking and cycling are popular activities on both sides of the river and you'll find there are plenty of wonderful trails taking you along scenic coastal paths and beautiful moorland.

And if you're travelling with a pet, you might like to take an afternoon stroll along the dog-friendly Hannafore Beach in West Looe, which is dotted with fascinating rock pools at low tide.

However, if you're eager to see more of the local wildlife, you might like to take a trip to Looe Island - also known as St George's Island. This lovely nature reserve is populated with colourful creatures both on land and in the water, including many species of nesting birds and seals.

Back on the mainland, gastronomes may like to indulge their taste buds at one of the numerous fantastic pubs and restaurants. Looe is known for its fantastic dishes featuring local produce - and participates in food festivals such as Taste South East Cornwall.

For breaks with wonderful scenery, exciting activities and much more, book a stay in holiday cottages in Looe.