St. Ives is the area's premier artists colony with fishermen's cottages, steep cobbled lanes, crafts shops and Britain's mildest climate. The lively cultural scene is spearheaded by the Tate St. Ives, one of the UK's newest national art galleries, showcasing important local work as well as traveling exhibits from the UK's national art collection.
Typically for an artists community, there are also very good restaurants and charming hotels -- not to mention the palm shaded beaches.
Lunch on Porthminster Bouillabaisse, made from local seafood at the Porthminster Beach Cafe overlooking one of those palmy beaches. Or find your way along Chapel Street to The Pickled Fish (01736 795 100) for modern food, in a blue dining room lined with the work of local artists.