Sheltered from most of the Atlantic swell, Gyllyngvase (or “Gylly”) is the perfect place for taking the family. It is mostly flat throughout the year and is seasonally lifeguarded, so it is a particularly safe spot for swimming. Gylly is winged by a rocky reef on both sides, so a great spot for snorkelling. Gylly Beach Café is a particularly welcoming addition, so you’re never too far away from an ice cream or some chips!
The other Falmouth beach, Swanpool is the smaller but no less stunning cousin of Gylly. It’s backed by a nature reserve, so feels greener and the birdlife is wonderful. The café sells the famous Hedgehog, which is a decadent cone of ice cream, hazelnuts and clotted cream for good measure. Swanpool isn’t lifeguarded, but is also a very calm spot on the Cornish coastline.
Nestled in the rural Roseland, sits the pristine Towan beach. It’s accessible from Falmouth via a couple of ferries (or you can park at the National Trust car park), so feels particularly quiet and you can enjoy the beach without the crowds. The wildlife is also a big draw and you could spot yourself a seal, curlew or even a dolphin!