Art and industry go hand-in-hand in St Ives, with golden beaches and a working harbour at its centre.
Porthmeor is one of the best beaches in the area for swimming, surfing or sunbathing. But it's also where you can see St Ive's cultural side, at its Art Deco-style gallery, which was built by the Tate.
In the old Fishing Quarter, known as the Downlong, you'll find The Sloop Inn. Having been around since 1312, it's one of the oldest inns in Cornwall. You can grab a pint there before finding the former fisherman's cottages in a warren of narrow, cobbled streets behind it.
If you fancy a bit of wildlife spotting, take a short trip to Seal Island, where a colony of seals bask on the rocks.
This is also where you'll find Godrevy Lighthouse; built to protect ships from the dangerous reefs, it inspired the Virginia Woolf novel To the Lighthouse.
Cornwall's only city is known for its large gothic Cathedral, built in Victorian times.
Independent shops are alive and well here, both in the backstreets around the cathedral and in Lemon Street Market, where you can buy paintings by local artists in the Lander Gallery upstairs.
In the summer months it's worth taking a stroll through Victoria Gardens, where you might catch a brass band playing in the historic bandstand.
For a day trip into the surrounding area, take a cruise from Truro through the Fal estuary. After you've crossed one of the deepest natural harbours in the world, you can get the train back from nearby Falmouth.
Alternatively, you can see Cornwall's northern side by hiring a bike or taking a walking tour along the Coast to Coast trail.
The Tamar Valley is best known for its distinctive landscape, where you'll find remnants of Cornwall's copper, silver and tin mining industries.
The highest point is Kit Hill, and from here you can see right across both Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor.
If you stay in the ancient market town of Launceston, up on the hill you'll find a well preserved 13th century Norman castle.
Climb to the top for the best views, or bring a picnic and eat it on the lawn in front. Even more history can be seen in the carvings at St Mary's Church.
For a vintage experience, take the Launceston Steam Railway through the Kensey Valley, and then have a traditional cream tea at their café.
Or if you'd prefer to eat in the town, there's an indoor market every Friday, where you can pick up local delicacies.