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Best Places to watch the Sunset in Cornwall

There is nothing that finishes off a day more perfectly than witnessing a Cornish sunset. So, grab a blanket, bring a jumper, bring a cold or hot beverage, depending on the weather, and get ready to enjoy the sunset!

Beach Sunset NewquayFistral Beach

Fistral is one of the most famous Cornwall beaches, not only is this strip of beach beautiful, but it has a fun atmosphere too. The perfect spot to watch the sunset and people watch, with holiday makers and locals all loving Fistral equally as much.

There are lots of great places to watch the sunset here, you can simply choose to sit on a blanket on the beach, or you can choose one of the restaurants or bars, which overlook the sea and offer a prime position for watching the sun go down. After the sun goes down the fun doesn’t end with the option to have a few drinks in the Beach Bar.

Minack Theatre – PorthcurnoMinack Theatre, Porthcurno, Cornwall

The Minack Theatre is an iconic Cornish spot, and with good reason. Rowena Cade bought this idyllic spot on the headland in the 1920s, overlooking the jaw-dropping Porthcurno beach; if you haven’t been then think of the Caribbean but with large cliffs! Here she built her home, and later the Minack Theatre.

She did this after getting involved in an open-air production of A Midsummer’s Night Dream and offering her then back garden as a place for the performance. She then decided that this was the perfect spot for an open air theatre and embarked on a true labour of love building the theatre, using largely hand tools. The project took her the rest of her life and today you can witness this amazing place that she crafted, along with an awesome view and a sunset that you will never forget!

You could even watch the sun go down as you watch a theatre production at this unique spot.

Watergate coastal path, NewquayWatergate Bay

Drive around to Watergate Bay via the coastal route from Newquay and upon reaching the Bay you will be awarded with a magnificent view of the big blue. This expansive beach is an excellent spot for an evening stroll, with 2 miles of golden sand to explore, and find a space to watch the sunset.

Watergate is a great place for grabbing a bite to eat or a drink with places such as Wax, The Living Space, and The Beach Hut nearby.

St Michael’s Mount

Another must-see Cornish spot: the historic St Michael’s Mount. Get yourself a spot on Marazion beach and get ready for a beautiful sunset over the picture-perfect St Michael’s Mount.

If you want an adventure, then hire a kayak or paddle board and admire the views – perfection.

Porth Beach, sun going down Porth Beach

A family favourite, Porth Beach is a lovely spot for watching the sun go down. It is especially nice when the tide comes in and is a favourite for stand-up paddleboarders, who like to paddle the calm waters as they head towards the sunset.

You can sit on the beach or outside at The Mermaid Inn and enjoy food and drink, if you fancy. Nearby there is also a Tapas Bar – who needs to go abroad?

Holywell Bay

A huge beach with golden sand and grass tufted sand dunes, perfect for climbing and getting a good view-spot to watch the sunset. Cosy up and settle down on your blanket and watch the sunset with the view of Holywell’s distinctive shaped rocks in the centre of the sea. These are Carter’s Rocks, more commonly referred to as Gull Rocks, take a snap and remember this sunset view.

Bedruthan Steps

Another distinctive sunset view, like Holywell this beach is managed by the National Trust and has iconic rocks. The steps in which you can access the beach are currently closed, but you can still view this famous rock formation from the headland along with the sunset. It is important not to try to access the beach as it is currently off-limits due to the risk of falling rocks.


Godrevy looking over to the lighthouse, by Matt Jessop

Photo credit – Matthew Jessop.

Another National Trust Beach, Godrevy and the surrounding area of Portreath have many fantastic walks, with so much open space and nature to enjoy with pods of dolphins and seals have been spotted here.

Godrevy also has a lighthouse, in which you can see the magnificent sunset in this must-see spot in Cornwall.