We think a trip to the lovely harbour village of Porthleven is a must. It exudes Cornish charm and tradition and remains unspoilt and uncluttered and the atmosphere is very relaxing. There are plenty of Cornish café’s, restaurants and inns and some delightful local craft shops to explore. Porthleven’s reputation is growing as a foodie hotspot due to its wide selection of incredible restaurants with Rick Stein having opened a new restaurant here just recently.
Set in the middle of a huge sweeping bay, the 3 mile golden beach at Porthleven is ideal for a relaxing family holiday. Porthleven has arguably one of the most impressive harbours in Cornwall, construction commenced during Napoleonic times and some sources state that it was built with the aid of French prisoners of war. Small fishing boats land their daily catch here, much of which is sold in Porthleven cafes and restaurants and the award winning Quayside fishmongers. The harbour was completed in 1825.
The harbour is the most southerly port in England. It is also unusual as the mouth of Porthleven harbour faces directly to the south west and some of the strongest gales. This is because the harbour was developed in the early 19th century as a safe harbour for ships caught in stormy seas.
There are panoramic views of Mount's Bay in this area of outstanding natural beauty. When the tide is out, stroll along to Loe Bar, Porthleven's neighbouring beach 2 miles away, with the largest natural fresh water lake in Cornwall, from the sea. Visit Penrose Estate, a mixture of rich farmland and woodland around Loe Pool, through which there are many paths to explore. Take some time to visit the church of St Winwalloe, which huddles low against the wind in the lee of a rocky headland at Church Cove. Either side of this headland are two sandy coves and the Gunwalloe valley reedbed provides a haven for a wide variety of birdlife
Walk part of the South West Coast Path from Porthleven to The Lizard, this stretch without a doubt is unique and exceptionally beautiful. The path is fairly level and easy beyond Porthleven, but then becomes narrow in places with some steep ascents and descents