Nestled neatly between Lands End and Lizard Point, Porthleven is a stunning village, steeped in history. Originally developed as a harbour of refuge by French prisoners of the Napoleonic war, Porthleven is the epitome of Cornish retreats. This village exudes tradition and charm, with its’ wonderful cafes and restaurants, all set perfectly to the magnificent backdrop provided by the dramatic coastline and golden beaches.
Porthleven is the most southerly fishing harbour in the UK, compiled of beautiful buildings and shops, so why not hire a bicycle and explore the nooks and crannies of this traditional village. The modern Four Crows gallery has quickly become a real favourite for visitors and locals alike; a gallery that oozes charm with its’ fabulous Cornish handcrafted wares, so be sure to pick yourself up a little reminder of your stay!
The Lifeboat Day and the Food Festival are annual events which have developed a huge following; the latter attracting more than 10,000 people each year, so if you can time your visit, you are in for a real treat.
Porthleven is host to one of the most remarkable places in Cornwall; Loe Pool. This freshwater lake, separated from the sea by a sandbar, is the perfect location to while away the hours wandering and exploring the scenery, and not to mention it is simply paradise for birdwatchers!
The dramatic coastline can stir up some of the most impressive surf you will find anywhere in the UK, so be sure to blow the cobwebs off that old board and get in there! For the slightly less adventurous amongst us, the harbour provides the perfect spectator point where you can watch the pro’s do their thing whilst tucking into a nice warm pasty!
If its activities you’re after, Porthleven is the perfect base. The coast path guides you around some of the most spectacular scenery our county has to offer, and make sure you venture into Penrose Estate for a day exploring around this beautiful National Trust area. For the golfers, if you can manage to sneak away for a day, the nearby Mullion Golf Club is the most southerly golf club in the UK, with cliffside panoramic views over Church Cove and Mounts Bay. However if it is a relaxing escape you seek, Porthleven is the ultimate location to unwind. Along with Penrose Estate, the village featured in a 1930’s murder mystery by Nicola Upson, called ‘The Angel With Two Faces,’ so why not tuck into this thriller, perch on one of the magical beaches and listen to the whispering of the sea!
Porthleven Bicycle Hire- www.porthlevencyclehire.co.uk
Four Crows Gallery- www.fourcrowsgallery.co.uk
Mullion Golf Club- www.mulliongolfclub.co.uk
Walking Paths- www.porthleven-online.com
Porthleven Food Festival- www.porthlevenfoodfestival.com