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ABOUT PORTHLEVEN

Porthleven is a wonderful unspoilt mixture of the most southerly working village harbour and a holiday destination.  You will be amazed at the variety of shops, pubs, bars and award winning restaurants within the village (see Trip Advisor), including an ice cream parlour voted one of the top ten in Cornwall.  We also have an excellent fishmonger where the  fish couldn't be fresher, delicatessen and a bakers providing fresh baked bread and Cornish pasties.

There is an array of galleries featuring paintings by local artists, hand crafted jewellery, ceramics, stained glass, knitwear; you will find it all around the harbourside.  In addition the outdoor Harbourside Market runs 3 times a week from Easter to October, with a variety of locally produced foods and crafts.

Haven Cottage is quietly situated but just a 3 minute walk into the centre of the village.  There is much more to this port than just shops, restaurants and fishing.  We have a long stretch of sandy beach (complete with rock pools), usually supported by RNLI lifeguards during the summer holiday season.  The walks here are superb, plotted from the South West Coastal Path towards The Lizard, passing Loe Pool, the largest freshwater lake by the sea, travelling through National Trust land via Gunwalloe, Kynance, Mullion etc. Inland is the Godolphin Estate.   Whilst in the other direction towards St Michael's Mount, you can follow the coastal path passing the remains of Wheal Prosper tin mine to Rinsey, Praa Sands, Prussia Cove etc.

Around the harbourside you can hire a bicycle, arrange kayak or canoe lessons, book a scenic coastal cruise or fishing trip with a local skipper - all equipment supplied for beginners to the more experienced anglers.  If you want to leave the car, there is a regular bus service to Penzance, Helston and beyond.  There is a National Express service to Plymouth, Reading and London. 

Nearby places of interest include Penzance, Falmouth and the Maritime Museum, Truro, St Ives and the Tate Gallery, the Eden Project, the Lost Gardens of Heligan, Gweek Seal Sanctuary, Flambards, the Minack Theatre, Zennor and Land's End.

Many regular and local events and activities can be caught during the year including the Porthleven Food & Music Festival in April, Floral Day in Helston in early May, RNLI Lifeboat Day, Pilot Gig Day, St Peterstide Festival, Carolaire (a singing festival), Fisherman's Association Fish Barbecue and of course, the Village and Harbourside Christmas Lights and New Year's Firework Display.

Whether you want to stretch your legs on the coastal path, relax and watch the boats come and go from the harbourside, go crabbing with the children on the harbour walls, watch the surfers as they ride the waves, Porthleven has something for everyone. Take a few moments to read our Visitor's Comments and you will see why Porthleven is often called "the unknown Cornish Gem".