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19 March 2014

Cornwall sees three beaches voted in UK’s top 10

When you go for holidays in Cornwall what’s one of the main things you look forward to- the golden sands and waves lapping on the shore are sure to be up there. And we all know that we have some pretty good beaches here in Cornwall.

We’re not the only ones who think so either. The fine quality of our beaches have been recognised once again, with four of them being named amongst the UK and Europe’s best in a poll by the world's biggest travel site, Trip Advisor.

St Ives and Porthminster Beach can now boast their rankings in the top ten in Europe.

In Cornwall, visitors chose Porthminster in St Ives as the third best in the nation, Perranporth fifth, and Fistral Beach in Newquay as eighth.

Malcolm Bell, Head of Visit Cornwall said it was fantastic to see so many of the region’s beaches feature so highly in the awards.

“With over 300 beaches and two very different coasts, our beaches are very diverse and fantastic all year round,” he said.

“Porthminster, Perranporth, Fistral and Godrevy all boast amazing stretches of golden sands and are renowned for their surf, they are quintessential Cornwall and I look forward to welcoming many more visitors to enjoy them.”

The TripAdvisor’s Traveller Choice Beaches Awards winners shaped up like this:

Top 10 Beaches in UK:

1. Rhossili Bay, Gower, Wales

2. Woolacombe Beach, Woolacombe, Devon

3. Porthminster Beach, St Ives, Cornwall

4. Hengistbury Head, Bournemouth, Dorset

5. Perranporth Beach, Perranporth, Cornwall

6. Longsands Beach, Tynemouth, North Tyneside

7. Weymouth Beach, Weymouth, Dorset

8. Fistral Beach, Newquay, Cornwall

9. Sandbanks, Poole, Dorset

10. Nairn Beach, Nairn, Scotland


Top 10 Beaches in Europe:

1. Rabbit Beach, Lampedusa, Italy

2. Playa de ses Illetes, Formentera, Spain

3. Rhossili Bay, Gower, Wales

4. Playa de las Catedrales, Ribadeo, Spain

5. Elafonissi Beach, Elafonissi, Greece

6. Cala Mariolu, Baunei, Italy

7. Woolacombe Beach, Woolacombe, United Kingdom

8. Iztuzu Beach, Dalyan, Turkey

9. Porthminster Beach, St Ives, United Kingdom

10. La Concha Beach, Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain

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