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Nestled along the stunning coastline of Cornwall, Porthleven is a picturesque fishing village that captivates visitors with its natural beauty, rich maritime history, and vibrant community. Sounds like a lot of other villages in Cornwall right? So what makes Porthleven special, you may ask. Read on to find out why you should visit.

The beautiful coastline

Porthleven boasts breathtaking coastal scenery that will leave you in awe. The rugged cliffs, golden sandy beaches, and the endless expanse of the Atlantic Ocean create a perfect backdrop to your visit. Walking the South West Coast Path takes you right through Porthleven and around the harbour.

Picturesque Harbour

At the heart of Porthleven lies its iconic harbour, a bustling hub that showcases the village’s maritime heritage. Watch as fishing boats bob gently in the water, and explore the charming array of shops, galleries, and cafes that line the waterfront. The historic clock tower, standing proudly at the entrance to the harbor, adds a touch of character to this idyllic setting.

Culinary Delights for all tastes

Porthleven offers everything from quirky pubs to fine dining restaurants and family friendly eateries, so there is something special for everyone.

  • Fine Dining: For fine dining try the award winning Kota Restaurant
  • Family Friendly: For a more informal meal enjoy Asian fusion dishes at their sister restaurant Kota Kai.
  • Pubs: There are pubs serving fine fare too at The Ship Inn, Atlantic Inn and Harbour Inn and our very own brewery, Shoals located in the shipyard.
  • Cafes and informal eateries: For informal dining seek out Mussel Shoals on the harbour head. You will also find plenty of cafe’s, two fish and chip shops and two pasty shops! No one will go hungry in Porthleven!

Artistic Community

Porthleven has long been a haven for artists and creatives, drawn to its inspiring landscapes and vibrant community. Explore The Custom House Gallery, Four Crows Gallery on the harbourside and Cornish Art Gallery on Fore Street all showcasing local talent. Take a look at Waves Gallery is the creation of local resident Mike Lacey with his incredible photography. And of course, the Harbour and Shipyard Markets has a plethora of local talentented artists!

Get out on the ocean

Being on the water makes Porthleven the obvious choice for water activities in the harbout and nearby surfing reef. Paddleboard and kayak hire as well as adventure courses can be found at Vertical Blue Adventures.

Visiting Porthleven…

Porthleven, is not just a sleepy seaside town with a harbour – there is so much to do! Why not tag on a weekend away to take in all that is on offer. Try The Artist Loft ensuite rooms for comfy beds in the centre of Porthleven or Porthleven Holiday Cottages for longer stays. Come and discover the magic of this hidden gem!

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