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Porthleven is a bustling town surrounding a picturesque historic harbour. The beach is only a few minutes walk away from the centre of town and is a great spot for rock pooling or just lazing in the sunshine. Positioned right on the coastal path, it is an ideal centre for walking holidays and offers something for everyone.
The town itself has its own supermarket, bakers, chemist, fish shop, post office and a collection of fantastic shops selling a whole range of arts and crafts, and more day to day items. There is a good selection of cafes, pubs and restaurants depending on what you feeling like eating and of course, outstanding fish and chips. The Deli on the Corner has a good selection of cold meats, sandwiches and even makes wood-fired pizzas - remember to order in advance. Some of our particular favourites are Sea Drift, a friendly cafe serving a whole range of excellent fish and meat dishes and superb cakes, in case you just fancy a cuppa and a sit down. Kota and Kota Kai specialise in local produce with an Asian twist with a friendly atmosphere and staff to match. They even host occasional cinema nights.
If you fancy more traditional fare, The Atlantic Inn and The Ship Inn serve super pub food with daily specials. A visit to Porthleven is not complete without a trip to Nauti but Ice for a scoop or two of Roskilly's ice cream, or something a little more substantial if you are feeling peckish.
Fishermen still operate out of the harbour and angling trips are also available. The local gig racing team can often be seen practising, and the village itself is host to RNLI Lifeboat Day in the Summer and the extremely popular Porthleven Food Festival in Spring.
Nearby places of interest include Flambards, the Naval Base at Culdrose, which hosts an annual Air Day, and the Seal Sanctuary.