Five reasons to visit Porthleven

10th Feb 2016

1. Picturesque harbour

Plvn harbour

Our top reason and why Rick and Jill fell in love with what Rick calls “a beautiful fishing town”. Porthleven harbour is the most southerly port in England. The mouth faces towards the south west, which means during high winds, spectacular waves crash over the pier. Expect to see local fisherman and surfers aplenty whatever the weather!

2. Surf’s up!


Novice surfers beware, Porthleven has a reputation as one of the most notorious and challenging surf spots in Cornwall. Arguably home to the best right – hand break in the south west (sometimes called ‘The Beast’!), you’ll see surfers scampering down rocks both sides of the harbour to get to their surf session!

3. Stunning views and coastal paths

View over Porthleven

There are a myriad of coastal paths leading to, from and around the harbour, and they all have one thing in common – breathtaking Cornish scenery. Head east and take in the aerial view of beautiful sandy beaches. Head west and discover rock coves and rural farmland. Make sure you stop long enough to fill your lungs with fresh Cornish air.

4. Porthleven beach

porthleven beach

Right on the doorstep of this pretty village is the local beach. With golden sands, and rugged coastlines offering shelter from any off shore breezes, we can’t wait to soak up some summer rays later this year. When the tide is out, there are some brilliant rock pools too – perfect to entertain the younger members of the group!

5. Local events

Food & drink festPorthleven harbour market


One thing we love about Porthleven is that it is filled with a vibrant and active local community. From Easter, expect to see the Porthleven Harbour Market held every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday with a whole host of local crafts and produce on display. The final event we will mention (although the list goes on!) is the annual Porthleven Lifeboat Day on Sunday 14th August. With air sea rescue demonstrations, line dancing and Punch and Judy shows, it’s a great time to mill around the harbour and explore the local shops in the village.

Steins Porthleven low res

And of course a visit to Porthleven wouldn’t be complete without joining us for some of Rick’s favourite dishes!

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