Retaining the character of an unspoilt Cornish fishing village, Porthleven has a welcoming atmosphere. With a variety of shops, several good restaurants and local arts and crafts there’s plenty to see and do. The pretty granite harbour which dates back to 1811 was once host to more than 100 fishing boats and west of its entrance when the tide is low, a group of fantastic rockpools are exposed; perfect for exploring
It’s position on the coast has earned it the informal reputation of being ‘the most storm-battered town in Britain’ and during the winter months visitors are drawn to the town to witness the spectacle of the ocean’s huge waves crashing over its sea barriers, with spray sometimes reaching the top of its famous clock tower.
Situated on the Coastal Path, Porthleven is a great base from which to explore the area on foot, and a three mile stretch of beach leads south west to Loe Bar and Gunwalloe Cove. Praa Sands is within easy reach as are many of Cornwall’s other attractions and theme parks.