Severall decades ago, St. Ives was an important port for fishing and shipping of tin and copper. At the beginning of the last century, a pack of young artists discovered the fantastic light and - at this time - cheap life at this pittoresc village. Now the light is still the same, fishing became a holiday pasttime and heavy metal only existant in the on or other pub. The town is still beautifull and now has some important galleries for the ones interested in art. The most famous is the Tate Gallery, which presents art of the westcoast. Too bad, that the galleries are a bit hard to find amongst the numerous tourist shops. And life isn´t cheap at all here anymore.
Still, if You come to this area and have a travelling partner, that wants a little more comfort and likes to stroll around through shops and galleries while You play with the waves, St. Ives might be a good idea for Your base camp.
At low tide, You can surf at the harbour wall. Porthmeor, which has grown together with St. Ives, has a good surf spot and can be reached by a little walk and watermen´s paradise Gwithian, is just a 15min. drive away. Out of season You´ll find reasonably prized B&B´s in town and might be happy to snuggle in a warm bed after a chilling winter session. Just don´t come in summer, when it gets incredibly crowded here.