Self Catering in and around Mevagissey

Traditional cottages and modern apartments can be rented in and around Mevagissey where the distinctive twin harbour provides a safe haven for the many fishing boats that land their daily catch.

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In typical picture postcard style, pubs, cafes, galleries and shops cluster around the harbour walls and line the pretty streets of Mevagissey.

Mevagissey Harbour

Fish & Flowers

One of the advantages of self catering is the choice you have of eating at home, or going out. In Mevagissey you can indulge in fresh mackeral on the BBQ at home, or walk around the maze of narrow streets where you’ll find plenty of seafood restaurants that the village is renowned for.

Behind Mevagissey, the Lost Gardens of Heligan are a must, especially in the spring when the rhododendrons and azaleas are in full bloom. It's possible to walk up to the gardens from the village, and there's also a regular bus service.

The old port of Pentewan isn't far away up the coast, or put your walking boots on and take the South West Coast Path to Gorran Haven with its pretty beach and harbour wall.

For more details on self-catering in and around Mevagissey, click on the link below.

  • The beach is dog friendly but between Easter and September they need to be kept on leads.

  • A medieval quay was first established in 1430 to give some protection to the fishing boats, but people would have lived in the area for thousands of years before that. By the 1770s the fishing trade had grown so much, and with the quay falling into disrepair, it was felt necessary to provide greater protection for the fishing fleet and the village and so an outer harbour was created. This was improved in the late 19th century.

  • Mevagissey has no beach (apart from a small one accessed by a very steep stairway) so most visitors head over to Porthmellon, just to the south, for a dip. Further afield, the village of Gorran Haven makes for a nice day out with a sheltered beach tucked inside the safety of a harbour wall.

  • It would be very wrong of Visit Cornwall to say one place was nicer than the other, that's a decision only a visitor can make. The two destinations are different, Mevagissey being more of a fishing harbour whilst Fowey caters for the yachts and pleasure boats.

    Another difference is that Fowey is on the river rather than facing directly out to sea, so there's always something going on, even when the sea is stormy. With a working docks upriver, it's not unusual to see large ships making their way past the town, and in the summer cruise ships often visit for the day.

    Mevagissey is a working harbour with fishing boats coming and going on the tide. It doesn't have a beach as such but nearby you have Portmellon and Gorran Haven.

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