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6 things to do in Porthleven this July

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6 things to do in Porthleven this July

Posted: June 5, 2024


Whether you’re into relaxing on the beach or exploring local culture, Porthleven has something for everyone this July. Let’s dive into the top 6 things you absolutely must do in Porthleven this July.

1/ Relax on the Beaches

First stop, the beach! Porthleven’s sandy shores are perfect for soaking up the sun. The sea defences make the perfect spot for an afternoon BBQ and watching the sunset over Mounts Bay. Bring your swimsuit, a good book, and plenty of sunscreen for a day of pure bliss. A little further afield, you can enjoy the mile long golden shores of Praa Sands. Perfect for beginner surfers, with easy parking and a beach bar right on the beach.

Porthleven Beach in Summer

2/ Take a Scenic Coastal Walk

Porthleven is a haven for hikers and nature lovers. The South West Coast Path offers breathtaking views in both directions. The route to Loe Bar is offers stunning scenery, leading you inland to Penrose National Estate. In the opposite direction, the coast path leads to Rinsey Cove with tin mines and dramatic cliffs along the way. Rinsey Beach is a steep walk down but worth the trek. Pack some water, your camera, and maybe a picnic, and set out for a walk with unbeatable scenery.


3/ Explore the Porthleven Harbour Market

The Porthleven Harbour Market is a bustling hub of local artisans and vendors open every day in the summer. From handmade jewelery to unique crafts, you’ll find treasures that make perfect souvenirs. Chat with the locals, discover the stories behind their creations, and enjoy the lively atmosphere. In the Shipyard Market you will find a cafe, bakery and homemade ice-cream. After your shopping is done enjoy a well earned pint from the Shoals Brewery next door, Porthleven’s own micro-brewery.

Porthleven Market

4/ Feast on local fare 

There are plenty of options to to enjoy local food in Porthleven, from harbourside cafe’s, pubs and fine dining restaurants. As the day winds down, there’s no better way to savor Porthleven than eating fish and chips on the quayside as the sun goes down. Enjoy mussels and chips at the Mussel Shoal alfresco dining or a fine dining meal at Kota Restaurant. Kota Kai and Cantina offer a great atmosphere for families at a reasonable price, while the Ship Inn’s pub menu is perfect for watching the ebb and flow of the tide across the bay. Find more options in our guide to Dining Out in Porthleven.

mussel shoal

5/ Get Active in the great outdoors

For those who love water sports, Porthleven offers great opportunities for paddleboarding and kayaking. The calm waters of the harbour are ideal for beginners, and more experienced paddlers can venture out to explore the coastline. It’s a fun and active way to enjoy the beauty of the area from a different perspective. Paddleboards and kayaks are available to rent from Vertical Blue Adventures who are right on the quayside. If you prefer land based activities hire an electric bike from Ride-On E Bikes located in the Shipyard and explore the beautiful countryside.

Standup Paddleboarding Porthleven

6/ Discover Local Art 

Art enthusiasts will love what Porthleven has to offer which showcases works by local artists. From paintings to ceramics, galleries around Porthleven offer a diverse range of art that captures the essence of Cornwall. Take your time browsing the beautiful pieces, and perhaps even take home a unique piece of art as a memento of your trip. Browse unique art at The Custom House Gallery, The Shipyard Market Artwall, Four Crows Gallery, Albatross Gallery, Salt Cellar Workshops and Waves Surf Art Gallery. The Old Lifeboat House gallery has weekly exhibitions from April to October.


Custom house gallery Porthleven
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