The town’s history stretches way back into the mists of time – local legend even has it that Jesus Christ himself may have visited Looe Island as a young boy when he accompanied his uncle, Joseph of Arimethea, on a tin trading mission. There aren’t many places on these shores with such a claim to fame! Torched by Spanish raiders in the 15th Century and later losing large numbers of its young men to the Barbary pirates to end their days as slaves in North Africa, Looe has seen its fair share of drama, worthy of any Netflix blockbuster!
The town’s fortunes have gone up and down over the centuries as dependably as the tide but Looe has always looked to the sea for food, income, trade and, more recently, leisure. The working harbour is still the beating heart of the town, with the colourful fleet of fishing boats large and small landing their daily catch on East Looe quay.
Thousands of visitors flock to our little town during the busy summer season in search of sun, sand and seaside fun, with the safe, gently sloping sandy beach being the biggest draw. The historic narrow streets and alleyways of East Looe, all decked out with floral displays created by the volunteers of Looe in Bloom, are thronged with happy holiday makers making their way to and from the beach. They feast on some of the best pasties you’ll find in Cornwall, the freshest fish & chips and lashings of delicious ice cream, learning how to dodge the hungry seagulls as they go!
And when the Cornish weather doesn’t deliver the sunshine the visitors are hoping for, there’s a cornucopia of independent shops, restaurants and cafes where they can shelter from the elements. Visitors with an interest in the town’s heritage can visit the town’s museum in the ancient Guildhall and the recently opened Old Sardine Factory heritage centre in West Looe, both jam-packed with artefacts and historical displays.
No matter what the weather, lovely Looe has something for everyone.