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Beaches, castles and art in Falmouth, Cornwall

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We arrived in Falmouth, coming from London, an unpleasant day in October, after a really rough train ride. First, there had been a small fire on one of the trains before ours, so the train we rode at the London Paddington station carried passengers from our convoy and the previous one. There was no place for everyone and that is why, although we had reserved seats in first class, we had to start the journey standing in the hall. I took it as an adventure, because I have traveled in worse circumstances many times in my life.

Then there would be another train change and a speed reduction to 50 km / h, due to the strong wind that hit the southwest of England.

Finally, we left the train at a station prior to ours (the population of Truro was our destination) and arrived at Falmouth between laughs (it is good to travel with excellent people), 4 hours late and by taxi.

However, all this adventure to reach our first stop on our trip through Cornwall it was worth it. Cornwall was, for me, the 2018 traveler discovery.

A dramatic coast, a story full of mysteries and legends, some villages inhabited by friendly and proud people, endless beaches and tiny coves, large solitary meadows and open-air theaters carved into the rock ...

And it all started in Falmouth ...

A little history about Falmouth

The name of this population in the southwest of England describes exactly its geographical location: mouth of the Fal river.

However, its lifelong inhabitants prefer to call it Aberfal or Aberfala, a name derived from the “Cornish” language (dialect derived from the ancient Gaelic languages ​​that is still alive in Cornwall).

The origin of Falmouth dates from the 16th century, when King Henry VIII decides to build the pendennis castle in this place, with the idea of ​​defending Carrick Roads. Later, with the Spanish Invincible Navy appearing on the horizon as a terrible threat, the fortress was renewed and reinforced, a church was built and the city began to develop.

Since the late 18th century, Falmouth has been a vital port in England. From here the La Mancha canal was defended, both in the war against France and Spain - It was the first English port to which news of the victory in Trafalgar and the death of Admiral Nelson arrived - as in World War II, in which it served as a base for American troops preparing the landing in Normandy.

In addition, Falmouth It was the first English port reached by HMS Beagle, after his return to the world to investigate the species that inhabited it. Darwin set foot again on English soil on October 2, 1836.

And the port remains, today, a fundamental part of Falmouth.

However, it is its beaches and its climate - friendlier than that of the rest of England - that has made Falmouth a major tourist destination in recent decades, especially among national tourists. I visited this town as an international tourist and I recommend to everyone that At least I spent a couple of days in Falmouth.

What to see and do in Falmouth

Falmouth is a quiet town, perfect for spending a few days off, touring its charming downtown streets, visiting some monuments and museums and strolling through the surrounding nature.

Among the things to do and see in Falmouth, I keep the following:

Stroll along the beaches of Falmouth

Although I visited Falmouth in the middle of October and the sun did not want to give us one last day of late summer, the truth is that the weather, in this city, is really pleasant in summer. Thus, Many English people opt for national beach tourism and come to spend a few days in Falmouth.

There is Five main beaches in Falmouth: Castle (closest to Pendennis Castle), Tunnel, Gyllyngvase, Swanpool and Maenporth. Gyllyngvase and Maenporth are the ones I liked the most.

The Gyllyngvase Beach It was, until the end of the 19th century, surrounded by fields of grass and rural farms. However, the tourism boom of the twentieth century caused some of the best and oldest hotels in Falmouth to begin to appear.

On its right bank (facing the sea) there is a natural barrier of rocks that causes significant waves to be generated, being a good point to practice the surf.

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