The Eden Project

Day 9. The Eden Project, Mevagissey & Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall

It was raining hard as we set off from our hotel in Bodmin on the 10 mile journey to St. Austell where we'd planned to have breakfast and a little look around the town.  Apart from a cosy pub for some breakfast, there seemed little in the town to interest us but to be fair, …

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Padstow harbour

Day 8. Padstow & Newquay, Cornwall

After stopping off in Bodmin for some breakfast we headed to Padstow which took around 35 minutes along some exceedingly narrow lanes.  Fortunately we didn't meet any vehicles coming the opposite way so unlike the previous day there was no reversing required. As we were visiting off season and reasonably early, we managed to find …

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Tintagel, Cornwall

Day 7. Doc Martin’s Port Isaac & Tintagel, Cornwall

Despite it being an overcast morning, my spirits were high as we started the day with a drive to the small fishing village of Port Isaac on Cornwall's north coast.  We left our car in the main car park paying £3 for a three hour stay.  The car park is located 725 metres from the …

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Falmouth High Street

Day 5. Falmouth and a visit to the Glendurgan Gardens, Cornwall

It had rained overnight but fortunately we woke to another bright, sunny morning.  After breakfast in Camborne, we set off for Falmouth located on the south coast, which is one of Cornwall's largest towns.  The journey took us 40 minutes and our 10.15 a.m. arrival afforded us ample street parking opportunities along the seafront cliff …

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Porthleven harbour

Day 4. Porthleven, Lizard Point & Helston, Cornwall

After enjoying a cooked breakfast in our hotel in Camborne we were ready to go by 9.30 a.m. and the first place on our list was the village of Porthleven, located 11 miles away.  We easily found some unrestricted street parking very close to the centre and were soon on our way to its picturesque …

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The entrance to Land's End, ,Cornwall

Day 3. Land’s End, Porthcurno & St. Ives, Cornwall

It was a bright and sunny morning as we pulled back the curtains in our hotel room and after tucking into some tasty bacon sandwiches we were back in the car for another day of sightseeing.  Our starting point was to be Land’s End, the headland that sits at the most westerly point of England …

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St. Michael's Mount Cornwall

Day 2. St. Michael’s Mount & Penzance, Cornwall

After enjoying a hearty breakfast in our hotel, we hopped in the car for the 25 minute journey to Marazion on Cornwall's south west coast to visit St. Michael's Mount.  We parked in the main Folleyfield car park which charges a flat rate £4 all day fee.  The car park is only a few minutes …

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Fishing boat on the beach in Espinho

Day 8. Exploring Espinho, Portugal

Our original plan had been to set a day aside to visit the Douro valley but as organised trips were not operating, this proved problematic.  It's possible to take a train from Porto to Pinhāo from where one can connect to boat trips up the Douro valley.  However, with a journey of more than two …

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Lighthouse in Vila do Conde

Day 7. A day in Vila do Conde, Portugal

We decided to spend a day along the coast in the town of Vila do Conde, a seaside resort 25km north of Porto.  It's a town favoured by locals though perhaps not on the day of our visit as it was cool and overcast.  Lying at the mouth of the Ave river, it was historically …

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Porto riverside

Day 2. Exploring the Gaia and Foz districts of Porto

After enjoying breakfast in the aparthotel's cafe we went along to the nearby Trindade metro station to take a train across the Douro to the Jardim do Morro station.  Staying in the Bolhāo district appealed to us with its close proximity to Trindade as all lines can be accessed from this interchange station.  As we …

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