St Ives tops UK beach league table

The West Country dominates a league table of Britain's best beach destinations, it has been revealed.

TripAdvisor compiled the list, which voted St Ives in Cornwall as the top UK beach resort and it has also made into the top 10 of Europe's best beach locations.

With an increased trend of people holidaying at home in recent years, this area could become an attractive holiday hotspot for people looking to save money and still have a well-deserved break.

Second on the list was Newquay in Cornwall, while Bournemouth finished third, Weymouth in Dorset was fourth and the Welsh resort of Tenby in Pembrokeshire was fifth.

The number one beach location across Europe was Ayia Napa in Cyprus, while Skiathos in Greece came second.

Protaras in Cyprus third and Mykonos in Greece fourth, while St Ives was in sixth place in the European list.

TripAdvisor spokeswoman Emma O'Boyle said: "These awards recognise the best beach destinations in Britain and Europe as decided by millions of travellers.

"Vast numbers of Brits jet off to traditional Mediterranean beaches every year, yet a British beach resort has out-classed all its Spanish, French and Italian counterparts in the awards."

Malcolm Bell, head of tourism at VisitCornwall said: "This award is an amazing testament to the popularity of St Ives which is truly one of the jewels in Cornwall's crown.

"As well as stunning beaches it has a range of quality accommodation and fantastic attractions making it appeal to visitors of all ages and interests."

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