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The beautiful little Cornish fishing town of Looe is actually two towns - West Looe and East Looe, either side of the River Looe.  The two Looes have been joined by a bridge since the 15th century. East Looe is Cornwall's second largest fishing port and its fleet of small fishing boats does an excellent job of supplying the many excellent restaurants in South East Cornwall. 

West and East Looe, image Adam Gibbard

Nowadays though, Looe's biggest trade is tourism. There are plenty of hotels, guest houses and holiday cottages in and around the town, and shops, cafes and restaurants catering to holiday makers. You won't be short of places to buy a proper Cornish pasty or fabulous locally made clotted cream ice cream in Looe!

East Looe has its own broad, golden sandy beach right in the town with the Banjo Pier (a pier in the shape of a banjo, and the first of its type in the world!) Behind the beach is a maze of quaint narrow streets.

East Looe Beach, from Banjo Pier, image Adam Gibbard

Looe is a great base from which to explore the rest of rest of South East Cornwall. There are other local beaches, stately homes and family activities within easy reach, making Looe the perfect spot from which to base a family holiday. 

Something that you must try in Looe is crabbing - fishing for crabs. It's very easy and you can buy what equipment you need (not very much!) at plenty of shops in the town. For those of you who fancy a more challenging fishing expedition, you could try shark fishing. Looe is the headquarters of the Shark Angling Club of Great Britain, and there are frequent shark fishing boat trips.

Crabbing, image Matt Jessop

Every year in late September, Looe is taken over by the Looe Music Festival - big name acts (and many less famous but no less talented) come to the town and play in temporary venues around the town, the harbour and on the beach.

While many seaside resorts are dead in the winter, the reverse is true of Looe. Looe is regarded as one of the best places in the whole country to celebrate New Year. Every New Year's Eve, the streets are full of revellers dressed in increasingly inventive fancy dress.

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