Porthleven is a picturesque fishing village and port situated just a few miles south of Helston, in Cornwall. The ancient harbour, which was completed in 1825, wraps around the uniquely shaped bay. Construction began during Napoleonic times and it was thought to be built with the aid of French prisoners of war. It is the most southerly harbour of mainland Great Britain and Porthleven Pier is a hotspot for storm watchers and local photographers due to the spectacular waves and spray that bounces off the pier. Discover self catering in Porthleven with St Ives Penzance.
Porthleven Beach has three miles of golden sand and steeply shelving shingle. The beach sits on the other side of the granite pier of Porthleven harbour and it’s a popular surfing spot, particularly at low-mid tide. There are strong undercurrents and rough seas so bathing is not advised on this beach.
Porthleven is situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. As well the idyllic harbour and beautiful beaches there’s plenty of coastal paths and woodland to explore on the Penrose Estate.
The town’s annual Porthleven Food Festival, which started in 2008 and takes place in April, draws in approximately 40,000 visitors to the village every year for a three-day celebration with food, drinks and music.
The village is known for its wonderfully fresh seafood and array of fine dining restaurants. Rick Stein has a restaurant near the harbour and there’s a string a restaurants and cafes along the harbour front.
Porthleven is known for its quaint traditional fisherman cottages and there’s plenty of wonderful self-catering properties available.