13 spectacular sunset spots in Cornwall
In our opinion, there’s nothing better than spending an evening watching the sun going down over the sea.
Imagine sitting at a beach bar, sipping on a pint with a spectacular sunset view. Or snuggling up under a blanket on the clifftop or around the campfire with a hot chocolate, watching the sun go down. We’re spoilt for choice with beautiful sunset spots in Cornwall, but we’ve picked ten of our favourites for you to enjoy.
1. Fistral Beach, Newquay
Fistral beach is famously known for its surf vibes, but more than that, it is also one of the best sunset spots in Cornwall. Watch the sun go down over the Atlantic Ocean while watching the locals glide on the water like they were born in it. Alternatively, go for a romantic beach stroll along the water’s edge, watching the red, orange and yellow sun shimmering on the water.
There are also plenty of coffee shops and spots to pick up takeaway food so that you can have a sunset dinner on the beach or cliffs.
2. Land’s End
Go to the most westerly part of mainland Cornwall and the UK to watch a mesmerising sunset over Land’s End. The rugged granite cliffs tower over the ocean below, creating a unique setting and a dramatic sunset. The sunset lighting up the vast sea and sky on the edge of the land makes it feel like the sun is dropping off the edge of the earth.
In addition to Lands End, which can get rather busy, Cape Cornwall, Sennen and Gwenver beaches are spectacular sunset hot spots. They provide a plethora of eye-catching features and gazing opportunities, such as the twin peaks of the Brisons rocks to the pulsating Longships Lighthouse.
3. Godrevy Sunset
The Godrevy to Portreath Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has some fantastic coastal walks and stunning sea views. The lighthouse across from Godrevy beach creates one of the most dazzling sunset spots in Cornwall. Take a warm jumper and a flask of coffee or tea and enjoy the spectacular show from the clifftop. If you are in luck, you may happen across the occasional seal or pod of dolphins.,
4. Bude Sunset
Bude in North Cornwall is a beautiful seaside town, facing the full force of the Atlantic ocean. It can be stormy in the winter and is full of surfers in the summer. Sandymouth connects to the main beach at Bude when the tide is low and is a lovely little spot to skim stones and watch the sun go down.
5. Porthmeor Beach, St Ives Sunset
Enjoy a drink in one of the heated booths at Porthmeor Cafe whilst being treated to a gorgeous sunset. Porthmeor is a famous surfing beach so you’ll usually find surfers chilling out at the cafe in the evening. It’s a buzzing yet relaxed environment. Covid allowing, there are often summer beach cinema screenings for those who love a good movie. We cannot imagine a more idyllic location for such a show. If you’re staying in the area, you can watch the sunset from your St Ives Cottage.
6. Tintagel Sunset
This striking sunset never disappoints. Tintagel is steeped in history, myths and mystery. One of the caves on the beach was rumoured to be the home of Merlin, the castle was said to be the birthplace of King Arthur, and it also has links to Cornwall’s smuggling past. Some say the castle is haunted and the clifftop is undoubtedly an atmospheric place to sit and enjoy one of the best sunset spots in Cornwall. You can almost imagine the ships rolling in as Arthur himself watched on the horizon.
7. St Michael’s Mount Sunset
For an impressive display of light behind a floating castle in the sea, St Michael’s Mount is the place to be. Take a picnic blanket to Marazion beach for the perfect view of this pretty sunset in West Cornwall. If you’re more adventurous, you could hire a kayak or stand up paddleboard and float your way around the mount to enjoy the view. Depending on the tides, you can take the boat across, or walk the cobblestone path that is hidden under the sea at high tide.
8. Bedruthan Steps Sunset
The breathtaking scenery at Bedruthan Steps creates the perfect backdrop for the sunset. Watch from an elevated clifftop position or from down on the beach. Bedruthan is accessed from steep steps on the cliff-side, so do take care when you’re walking there and back. According to the legend, the magnificent rocks were the stepping stones for Bedruthan the giant. They certainly are impressive!
9. Holywell Bay Sunset
Any keen Poldark fans will have spotted this view in many of the episodes, as it provides the setting for the Warleggan family’s beach. The rocks in the sea known as Gull Rock are easily recognisable and provide a magical sunset setting. Holywell Bay is a lovely beach for an evening surf or a couple of drinks and a BBQ with friends. The summer season sees less human traffic here than some of the other beaches in the area.
10. Wheal Coates St Agnes Sunset
The Wheal Coates mine opened in 1802 and was a working mine until 1889. The structure is still standing and is a reminder of Cornwall’s mining heritage. It also provides a dramatic setting for sunset watching. Situated close to Chapel Porth beach near St Agnes, it can be accessed by the south-west coast path. Watch the sun go down whilst listening to the gentle roar of the ocean.
11. Carbis Bay
Carbis Bay makes an incredibly captivating sunset destination, providing the perfectly sheltered spot to admire the sun as it sinks beneath the ocean. Imagine your day on the beach morphing into the night as you bask in the sun’s final rays and wallow in the sea’s warm shallows for an incredibly fitting finale.
The southern coast proffers more subtle skies as the sun escapes westward over the land, with the early-disappearing soft light pouring peach and rose tones over Mounts Bay. Marazion Beach grants eye-catching views of the bay stretching from the south-jutting Lizard to the striking silhouette of St Michael’s Mount and the outlying fishing village of Mousehole.
13. Sunset from the Ocean
Consider taking a boat tour or twilight sail from Carbis Bay to transport you into the sunset for something decidedly different and utterly unforgettable. Whether you sit alongside or immerse yourself into the ocean with a swim, surf, stand-up paddleboard or sail; relish the raw magic of dusk before the arrival of yet another promising dawn.
Watching a sunset in Cornwall is a mesmerising experience, no matter what time of year it is. If you’re planning a romantic break or a relaxing getaway with family or friends, take a look at our selection of St Ives apartments, coastal cottages and holiday homes.