Beautiful Porthtowan beach

Porthtowan beach nestles in the cliffs on the spectacular North Cornwall coast.  Porth literally means ‘cove’ and towan means ‘dunes’, which is a very apt description of the village and its glorious beach.  The area has a relaxed beach vibe and is more laid back and less developed than some of the other popular North coast resorts. There is plenty to do in the immediate area and you can leave the car at home and spend the whole week barefoot if you prefer!

Village life revolves around Porthtowan’s beautiful blue flag beach, which is lifeguarded in the Summer months and has separately flagged surfing and swimming areas.  The beach is bordered by great rock pooling and there is also a crystal clear tidal sea pool for a quick dip or to jump into from the surrounding rocks.  For the more adventurous, surf lessons and hire are available in Porthtowan and and other coastal adventure sports (kayaking, coasteering) are provided in nearby Trevaunance Cove.  

At low tide the sand stretches for miles – all the way along to the neighbouring cove of Chapel Porth on very low tides.  The sea caves and rock formations along the way are fascinating and well worth taking the time to explore.  Chapel Porth, so named for a cliff side medieval chapel and holy well (no longer visible) is a lovely little cove with a National Trust cafe serving light lunches, hot drinks and ice-creams - be sure to sample their famous 'hedgehog' ice-cream - I'll let you discover for yourself exactly what that is!   If the tide has come up you can return to Porthtowan via the spectacular cliff path, taking in the striking views of iconic abandoned engine houses along the way.

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