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Off the beaten track - Seafood, surf and seals

Agosto 2015
Mare, sole, surf: dove siamo? In Italia? Spagna? Francia? No! In Cornovaglia, nel sud-ovest inglese, precisamente a St Ives, dove oltre alle bellissime spiagge, si mangia del buon pesce e si parla un dialetto tutto particolare...

di Luke Philips © British Council

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St Ives is popular with surfers. Tourism has replaced fishing as its main industry.
St Ives is popular with surfers. Tourism has replaced fishing as its main industry.
The seaside town of St Ives in Cornwall and its beautiful harbour.
The seaside town of St Ives in Cornwall and its beautiful harbour.

Speaker: Derek Allen (Standard British accent)

Sitting outside a beach bar, we drank cold beer and ate excellent local seafood as surfers caught the last waves of the day and the sun set into the ocean. Where were we – France? Spain? Portugal? No, we were in St Ives, a small town in Cornwall in the south-west of England.

A FIRST-CLASS DESTINATION

St Ives has won “Best Seaside Town” in the UK Travel Awards for the last three years, beating larger and more famous resorts like Brighton and Blackpool. Tourists – emmets in the local dialect – are attracted by its excellent beaches, picture-postcard harbour and warm climate. Most local people now make their money from tourism, although the most important industry used to be fishing. Fishing boats still work out of St Ives and sell their catch to local restaurants and pubs.

NAMES THAT TELL HISTORY

The most famous pub is The Sloop, a type of boat, on Fish Street. Other names are from Cornish, a Celtic language similar to Welsh. The names of three of the beaches begin in “Porth,” the Cornish word for beach. Each of them has a different character. Porthmeor faces the Atlantic Ocean and is popular with surfers because of its big waves. Porthminster is warmer and ideal for families with young children. Porthgwidden is the smallest and quietest, ideal for those wanting to escape from the crowds. The Harbour Beach is best for those who don’t want to walk too far from the shops, pubs and restaurants.

WHY SHOULD YOU VISIT?

Although most people come here for a traditional seaside holiday, there are plenty of other things to do. You can hire a board and have surfing lessons on Porthmeor. Take a boat trip to Seal Island to see the seals swimming and sunbathing on the rocks. Or, if you’re looking for culture, there’s a branch of the famous Tate Gallery, and a popular sculpture garden as well.

Find out more at www.stives.co.uk


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Emmets è il soprannome che gli abitanti della Cornovaglia danno ai forestieri! È un termine peggiorativo, la cui origine etimologica è un po’ incerta.