Porthleven is a quintessential Cornish harbour village on Mounts Bay, just 10 miles east of Penzance and 3 miles west of Helston. The harbour dates from the Napoleonic era and is a picturesque scene of small fishing boats and surrounding historic buildings. The village is brimming with unique arts, crafts and gift shops, many with a nautical theme. Galleries, cafes, inns, restaurants and award-winning Quayside fishmongers cluster around the pretty harbour. Unspoilt Porthleven offers a relaxing holiday base ideal for families with its sandy beach and warm climate. The area is perfect for walking and cycling holidays. Within walking distance just east of the harbour village sits Cornwall's largest natural freshwater lake, Loe Pool, within the wooded Penrose Estate (National Trust). The lake is cut off from the Atlantic by a broad shingle bar, and within the estate there are many woodland paths and cycling trails to explore. The South West Coast Path also links into the Penrose Estate at Loe Bar.
Boat trips to Mullion Cove, fishing trips and kayaking are widely available around Porthleven harbour, and the village contains a superb choice of accommodation. Stay in luxury Gold Award holiday homes with sea views from terraces or book a cosy fisherman's cottage. Independent harbourside hotels offer magnificent coastal views and are just a short stroll from the beach. Porthleven has some stunning family friendly beachside cottages and holiday homes, many of which welcome pets. The beach with soft sands and shelving shingle sits adjacent to the village and harbour pier, and is a great spot to relax (bathing is not recommended as strong undercurrents are present here). The sea walls behind the beach were built to protect the cliffs. The outer harbour area of Porthleven is popular with experienced surfers. Head off along the coast path from the harbour for spectacular views of St Michael's Mount or when the tide is out take the easterly 3 mile walk from the beach towards the National Trust's Penrose Estate and Loe Pool.