The area surrounding Porthleven is well known for its fine beaches, secluded coves, wooded estuaries and rugged cliffs. There is a surprisingly varied choice of activities and places to visit - check out the links page. It is also well placed as a touring centre for the whole of the south western area of Cornwall.

The ancient market town of Helston, famous for its Flora Day festival, is just over two miles away. It has banks,

shops, restaurants, pubs, a library, sports centre and a folk museum. It is sometimes referred to as "The Gateway to The Lizard". With the sea on three sides and the Helford River to the north The Lizard is almost an island - a high plateau surrounded by sea and studded by beautiful coves and beaches. It is a naturalist's delight. Further along the coast to the east lies Falmouth, St Mawes and the picturesque Roseland Peninsula. The Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan are a little bit further on.

A secluded beach.
Cornwall's craggy coast.
To the west Lands End beckons but there is much to see before you reach this famous landmark. St Michael's Mount, Newlyn Harbour, Mousehole, Lamorna Cove, Porthcurno (look up the open air Minack Theatre in the links page), Sennen Cove, Zennor and St Ives to mention just a few places of interest.

For the serious shopper Penzance, Falmouth and the cathedral city of Truro are nearby. Also, as well as swimming and surfing , there are other activities such as fishing, tennis, riding and golf available locally.

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