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Porthleven Guide

Porthleven has arguably the most impressive harbour in Cornwall, which has been standing proud for nearly 200 years. Set in the middle of a huge sweeping bay, the 3 mile long, golden beach here is ideal for a relaxing family bucket and spade holiday. It’s also popular for its surf, where visitors can watch some of the bravest venture out to sea.

The town itself exudes Cornish charm and tradition, with small fishing boats landing their daily catch with the majority being sold in Porthleven cafés, restaurants and fishmongers.

Located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Porthleven is perfect for exploring both the Lizard Peninsula and Land’s End which are right on the doorstep. Its relaxing atmosphere and panoramic views across Mount’s Bay make it a destination which people return to year after year.  

The annual Porthleven Food Festival, RNLI Gala Day and the harbour market, which operates every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday from Easter to October, are all worth a visit.