Harbour towns are apparently very popular places to visit in Cornwall, which can also make them some of the busiest... So, here are a few suggestions to help you avoid the crowds whilst enjoying stellar scenery and observing a quaint way of life!
I admit Boscastle might not be the quietest of all harbour towns in Cornwall, but it is one of the most impressive! With it's weathered harbour wall set in a steep ravine on the rugged north coast, it's the perfect place for walking and exploring. It's remote, picturesque and also home to The Witchcraft Museum!
2) St Mawes
Situated on the mouth of the Percuil river, with blue water, sandy beaches and green rolling hills of the Roseland Peninsula as a backdrop, St Mawes couldn't be more stunning! There's even a medieval castle perfectly preserved and well worth a stop.
Located near Penzance in West Cornwall, Mousehole is home to plenty of gift shops, galleries and cafes to keep you busy. At low tide, a sandy beach is revealed in the sheltering harbour walls and the characterful cottages make for a quaint stay. That said, the collection of Christmas lights on display through December make it much busier, and the narrow streets certainly don't make it desirable for driving through.
Near St Austell on Cornwall's south coast sits the historic port of Charlestown, almost untouched by modern times. The harbour even features a number of famous old sailing boats, now dressed as pirate ships, which are open for exploring and sometimes used for the filming of TV Programmes.
Just a few miles from Looe lies the picture perfect port of Polperro. The cliffs are dotted with Cornish cottages, but well hidden in the lush jungle-like greenery, and the harbour may be full of fishing boats and yachts but the streets remain traffic free. The turquoise waters are great for paddling and there's also a natural pool perfect for swimming and playing just along the coastal path.