Fistral – probably the most famous surf break in the country. Without a doubt, one of the most consistent breaks in Europe with ridable waves ranging from a foot to as big as you can handle. It is surfable on most tides, picks up all swell, holds on shore, cross-shore and offshore winds well and always offers peaks of some sort.
Between Little Fistral Beach, North Fistral and South Fistral there is something for everyone. After work in the summer it can get a bit crowded on good days, but get up early and it will be as quiet as anywhere.
food & drink
Located bang on Great Western Beach with top beach and surf views, this small but mighty establishment serves up the burgers of all burgers.
Provides panoramic views over Fistral beach, delicious pizzas, local produce and a plentiful supply of cider.
Crazy golf, tacos, burritos, cocktails tequila and beer. Laid-back and vibrant in the evenings with a great breakfast menu.
Pan-Asian inspired menu with a Nasi Goreng to rival your favourite Balinese go-to. Book ahead!
Check out Wax at Watergate and Newquay, The Fish House for fresh fish dishes, Toast for tapas, Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen for a special dining experience, Lewinnick Lodge for seriously good sea views or walk straight off the beach to your table at The Beach Hut, Watergate Bay.
For a night out, kick things off with a bit of Cornish Moonshine at Rebellion before heading to the popular speak-easy bar Tom Thumb for premium cocktails.
Fistral Beach Bar will take you from post-surf sunset beers through to late night dancing. Or if things take a turn for the crazy, there are plenty of places to party until the early hours of the morning including Whiskers, Dead Famous, Sailors and Belushis.
See what’s on at Lusty Glaze for live gigs on the beach with some of the biggest and most well-loved names in music over the years, as well as featuring local, upcoming talent.
If you time your trip to coincide with Boardmasters Festival (7-11 August) you will need to be quick to book accommodation but will be rewarded with one mega weekend – this year the line-up includes Florence + The Machine, Foals and Wu-Tang Clan. The whole town is buzzing with after parties, beach sessions and busy bars.
Where to Stay
Whether you are looking for a luxury pad, family abode, beach location or somewhere dog-friendly, there are accommodation options for all: