Ives - Cornwall - has been an artist's colony since the 1880s, attracting talents as diverse as James McNeill Whistler, Patrick Heron, and Walter Sickert.
Trewyn Studio, where the sculptor Barbara Hepworth used to work until her death in 1975, is now a memorial museum to her.
Among some thirty art galleries, Tate St Ives, displays the work of twentieth century painters and sculptors, and offers panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean.
The narrow winding streets and sandy beaches have made St Ives popular with tourists of all ages from countless numbers of countries, but the harbour is still used everyday by fishermen earning their livelihood.
Visitors can arrange their own fishing trips from the quayside.
Although cars are restricted from entering the town in high summer, there is extensive parking overlooking the bay.
An unusual and attractive approach to St Ives is to park at Lelant and go by train, from which there are spectacular views of the coast on the way to Porthminster's golden beach.
Although there is a huge influx of tourists during the summer months, the oldest parts of St Ives - between the harbour and Porthmeleon Beach - still retain an old world character and feel.
Porthmeor Beach is ideal for surfing, while Porthgwidden and Pothminster are sheltered by St Ives Head.
The harbour also dries out to form a sandy beach at low tide, and is protected by a stone pier built in 1770.
St Leonards, a tiny building at the landward end of the pier, dates from the middle ages and was a chapel for fishermen.
It stands on the site where St Ia, after whom the village is named, is said to have arrived in the sixth century from Ireland.
Although St Ives is far from any rail link or motorway, it is well worth the time taken to get here.