A beautiful fishing port on the south coast of Cornwall, Looe is one of the county’s premier destinations among holidaymakers – and for those looking to put down roots by the sea.
The town is divided by the River Looe and boasts an array of colourful homes, restaurants, shops and pubs dotted across its picturesque landscape. Its reputation as a mecca for fresh fish brings visitors from miles around, as they wait for the boats to come in before dining out on fresh catch in the evening.
There are even opportunities for amateurs to take to the sea and try their hand with a rod -with organised fishing trips leaving regularly, heading out towards the Gulf Stream in search of mackerel and the area’s famous blue sharks.
South West Coast Path
Walkers are blessed with miles of coastline and countryside – with the South West Coast Path passing through Looe. And sun seekers will delight in the town’s exceptional sandy beach, complete with rock pools. There are also plenty of rare plants and wildlife to be seen here, especially for those taking a boat out to Looe Island. The chance of spotting grey seals sunbathing on the rocks is a real draw among visitors and locals alike.
Looe is a real hit among families seeking the perfect place in which to live, with safe swimming, museums, shopping, wildlife sanctuaries and excellent schools.
There are plenty of cultural attractions too. Looe Music Festival is held annually – and takes place both on the beach and across the town itself. Past performers have included The Stranglers and Bryan Ferry – with Lulu set to grace the town this autumn.
And the town is a great place for New Year’s Eve celebrations, with thousands of revellers in fancy dress taking to the beach for Looe’s famous firework display.
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The Coddy Shack – in a strange car park, off the main road, behind the farm shop, down the alley, in a kitch little dwelling… the best fish and chips in the area.
Wild futures monkey sanctuary – this active rescue centre takes in animals that haven’t had the best start in life. Its team provides everything the primates need to heal them physically, emotionally and socially in an environment where they feel nurtured, protected and safe.
Crabbing on Looe Quay – a family day out in Looe is not compete without spending a relaxing couple of hours carefully catching crabs.
Boatzer Glass Bottom boat trips – a 45 minute excursion in a glass bottomed boat, exploring the exciting array of local marine life around Looe.