Wednesday, 22 February 2012 11:42 AM
Cornwall has long been one of the UK's most popular holiday destinations. Coming here for a break - whether it's for a few weeks or a couple of days - will offer something for people of all ages and interests. There's so much to see and do here you're unlikely to ever be bored.
One of the main reasons why Cornwall has long been visited by domestic and international holidaymakers alike is its wealth of beaches. Indeed, the south-west county has a greater amount of coastline than anywhere else in the UK, so if you want a getaway that enables you to lie back on a sandy stretch and soak up the sun, it is worth booking a holiday in Cornwall.
With over 300 beaches to be found in the region - not to mention the fact you'll never be more than 16 miles from the sea - finding beautiful beach holiday homes shouldn't be too much of a problem. By staying in such accommodation, you can take in wonderful sea views before going on a walk along the sand.
Cornwall is also an amazing holiday destination due to the wealth of water sports that are on offer. From windsurfing and stand up paddle boarding to sailing and canoeing, there is no shortage of active pursuits to try. Kayaking is another popular sport here, where you can paddle through clear blue waters to explore remote beaches and hidden coves.
However, as the county is commonly regarded as the UK's surf capital, you may be more interested in grabbing a board and riding the waves.
Book holiday cottages in Newquay - a town regarded as a hotspot for the sport - and you'll be able to take surf lessons run by experienced instructors who will get you carving up the water in no time. Fistral Beach and Lusty Glaze are considered two of the best surf breaks in the town, making these ideal places for water sport enthusiasts to show off their skills.
Culture vultures will also be in their element here, due to the county's range of museums, art galleries and stately homes. From the Tate St Ives and the Victorian-era Lanhydrock House to the National Maritime Museum and the grade I Port Eliot House, there are a wealth of fascinating sites to visit.
Families, meanwhile, will have an amazing day out at the Eden Project near St Austell. Home to the world's largest greenhouse and an array of tropical plants, a trip will here allows you to find out more about the natural environment, while having plenty of fun at the same time.
Whatever you decide to do in Cornwall, make sure you sample some of the tasty local cuisine such as Cornish pasties, saffron cakes and cream teas.