Nestled neatly between Lands End and Lizard Point, the Harbour Inn is perfectly placed for exploring the south coast of Cornwall and the stunning Lizard Peninsular.
You can’t help but unwind and relax in this pretty, traditional fishing village. Many an hour can be spent wandering around the harbour, exploring the shops and galleries, sampling the abundance of local food and locally roasted coffee and watching the tide and the boats come and go.
This tiny cove is considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Best visited at low tide, and out of season or in the evening if you can. The path down is steep and takes around 10-15 minutes, but the rewards are worth it for the golden sands and turquoise waters. Discover towering rock stacks and hidden caves and refuel for the journey back up at the lovely eco-cafe.
Porthleven is home to some of the most famed waves in the country, with huge Atlantic swells rolling in to create some impressive surfing conditions. The waves here are definitely not for beginners, but the harbour provides a perfect spectator point where you can watch the pros do their thing whilst tucking into a nice warm pasty! Praa Sands, further west along the coast, offers a more beginner-friendly option.
At the Poldark Tin Mine and Gardens, you’ll find a fascinating open air museum in a beautiful rural setting. Learn all about Cornwall’s mining and social heritage as well as how Cornish mining permeated overseas industries and cultures, all set in the wonderful UNESCO World Heritage Site.
There’s often a festival or event happening here and if you can time your visit to coincide, you’re in for a treat. We often have live music at the Harbour Inn. Lifeboat Day and the Porthleven Food Festival are particularly popular annual events, with the food festival more than 10,000 people heading to the food festival each year.
Loe Pool is one of the most remarkable places in Cornwall and lucky for us, just a short walk, drive or cycle away. This freshwater lake, separated from the sea by a sandbar, is the perfect location to while away the hours wandering and exploring the scenery. There’s an interesting outdoor gym along the six-mile circular walk if you’re feeling particularly energetic. And it is simply paradise for birdwatchers!