Top Sunset Spots in Cornwall

There’s no doubt that the north coast of Cornwall is a hot spot for watching the sun go down of an evening… Whether you chase the sun while enjoying a sea swim soaked in golden light, or wrapped up in a blanket on the dunes during a crisp evening – there truly is no time of year when a sunset filling the sky doesn’t go down a treat. Our Marketing Manager Niki rounds up some of her favourite sunset spots, for any time of year!

6. Treyarnon

Having only visited Treyarnon and its surrounding areas once during a camping trip when the sunset was lightly covered by low cloud cover, it’s a spot I definitely need to return to! There’s no doubt that this area of coastline is one of the most beautiful stretches in Cornwall during a summer’s day, but it’s also just as special of an evening. Situated on the North Coast between Mawgan Porth and Padstow, Treyarnon’s surrounding coves, such as Fox’s Cove, Pepper Cove and Wine Cove are just magical – and only accessible by water. With these beautiful coves in sight, this area is undoubtedly a dreamy spot to watch the sun go down.

5. Pendeen Lighthouse (and surrounding areas)

The coastal road between Pendeen and St Ives has a beautifully rugged coast with plenty of wildflowers, mines and an expansive horizon. The sights can be easily missed when driving to your destination, but you’ll be spoilt for choice with many stops to pull over and watch the sun go down if you don’t fancy leaving the car. Otherwise, you can watch the sun go down by Pendeen Lighthouse, which makes an atmospheric photo, to say the least!

Sunset from the road between Pendeen and St Ives, Cornwall

4. Gwynver Beach near Sennen

Lots of camping trips are spent above Gwynver beach, which conveniently is beautiful both during the day and into the night. The golden glow of the evening sun can be enjoyed both from the top of the beach or down the long steps, which is worth the descent (and climb!).

Sunset from Gwynver, near Sennen.

3. Holywell Bay

Three miles from Newquay sits Holywell Bay, a coastal village in north Cornwall. Here you will find exposed rocky headlands, vast dunes and a beautiful beach with golden sand. It conveniently has a fantastic sunset too…

Beach near Holywell Bay holiday cottages by Forever Conrwall

Sunset from Holywell Bay, Cornwall

2. Fistral Beach, Newquay

This list would be incomplete without mentioning Newquay. Not only is the atmosphere fantastic at Fistral Beach, whether it’s at a spot outside the beach bar, or on the beach with a drink and some friends, but the sunset always seems to be particularly radiant!

Sunset from Fistral Beach, Newquay.

1. Gwithian Towans

You might have known this was coming… My number one spot for sunset watching is Gwithian, and always has been! Whether it’s during a warm summer’s evening splashing in the crystal waters, or during a cool evening wrapped in a blanket with a glass of wine, Gwithian will always be my number one spot. With plenty of parking in the evening, comforting dunes and views across St Ives Bay, I’m sure this is many people’s number one spot for a perfect evening watching the sun go down!

Sunset from Gwithian Beach, Cornwall


Sunset from Gwithian Beach, Cornwall

Take a look at our location pages to find your perfect base to watch a sunset in Cornwall!