Our guide to holidays in Looe
If you’re determined to get a feel for traditional Cornwall, then a holiday in Looe’s the place to do it. An idyllic coastal fishing town set on either side of an historic bridge, Looe’s the kind of resort where you slow down and enjoy the feeling of being far from the hustle and bustle. Whitewashed cottages tumble down towards the river, fishing boats come and go, and restaurants serve up the catch of the day to visitors as the sun sets behind the water. The bridge that crosses the river
Life in Looe still revolves around the sea, and there’s nothing better than pulling up a chair outside one of the cafes that line the harbour and watching the fishing boats as they land their catches on a sunny afternoon. Better still, you’ll be able to tuck in to a plate of said fish in one of the town’s seafood restaurants that very day…foodie Heaven.
Places to visit in Looe
If you’ve never quite given up on that Famous Five adventure, then head over to Looe Island just a mile out to sea. Beautifully unspoilt and one of our very favourite places to visit in Looe, the best thing about this landmark is its story. A pair of sisters fell in love with the island, moved to it and actually lived the island life back in the 1960s. These days, the island’s a nature sanctuary run by the Cornwall Wildlife Trust, and a ferry service takes visitors to it during the summer.
There’s only one place to visit in Looe that involves monkeys so cute you’ll want to take them home, and that’s The Monkey Sanctuary. An active rescue centre, the sanctuary’s home to Capuchin, Woolly and Barbary monkeys, and the keepers are always happy to tell you all about them and the work that goes into caring for them throughout the year.
East Looe Beach is another of the town’s best-loved spots, and no matter whether you visit on a sunny day in summer of for a winter walk, it’s the kind of beauty spot that makes you feel miles from the daily grind. The sands slope gently down to the sea, and you’ll find the town centre nearby so it’s perfect for those days with the kids.
Things to do in Looe
Recommended as one of the best places to see in the new year by The Times, Looe’s all about the fancy dress when it comes to celebrating the start of another year. Visitors and locals dress up as anything and everything and gather in the town to enjoy the party atmosphere, and it’s one of the biggest events in the region.
If you’re after slightly lower key things to do in Looe, how about the section of the coast path that connects Looe and Polperro? This stretch of the South West Coast Path will take you past an early Christian holy site, and the medieval chapel that still stands was built for pilgrims trying to make their way to Looe Island. At just under 6 miles long, this walk should take around two and a half hours, and it’s a great one for those of you visiting Looe with your dog in tow.