The unique historic harbour of Porthleven is situated on the south coast of Cornwall and really does offer the visitor everything: a magnificent stretch of beach complete with rock pools, the harbour with its fishing and boats, the fabulous restaurants and cafes, traditional Cornish pubs and hospitality and, of course, the coastal path right on your doorstep giving access to some of the most spectacular scenery Britain has to offer.
In Porthleven you can spend your time browsing the galleries, craft shops, gift shops and jewellers, in fact you need not leave the village for anything. There is live music in the pubs and on the harbourside, and events throughout the summer such as gig racing, lifeboat day and the Porthleven Food Festival.
At low-tide, west of the harbour entrance, there are excellent rock pools and the Moonstone or Giant’s Quoit, a 50 ton rock of a type not found anywhere in the United Kingdom. The latest theory is that it floated down on an iceberg from northern Europe!
From the cliffs you can see the abandoned engine houses of the old tin mine at Rinsey. Tregonning Hill, visible from the village, is an extinct volcano and the spot where china clay was first discovered in this country and then shipped out via Porthleven harbour.
During the winter storms, people visit the town to watch the waves crashing over the sea defences. The harbour once had a fleet of more than 100 drifters, used to fish pilchard and mackerel.
Porthleven, Cornwall, remains unspoilt and is still a thriving local community rather than a holiday resort. Virtually all of the shops & restaurants are open all year round and all West Cornwall's towns and attractions are a short drive away.
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