Porthtowan is a pretty village in a steep-sided valley with a soft sandy beach.
At low tide Porthtowan’s beautiful sandy beach stretches for a mile and a half below high cliffs and iconic engine houses. A valley village within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Porthtowan makes a great base for walkers, surfers and families.
There are a handful of small shops by the beach: a village store, fish and chip shop, surf shop and pub. Take a step back from the busyness of everyday life and relax into the Cornish pace of life.
A beautiful blue flag beach, with a little known tidal pool, Porthtowan is a great place for watersports, well known for surfing and kite surfing. Kayaking adventures around the coves can be booked in St Agnes, and nearby Newquay offers more water sports, including SUPs, coasteering and boat charter.
Food and Drink
From a fresh and seasonal menu at the beachside Blue Bar, to fish and chips on the promenade, Porthtowan has a choice of eateries. For pub food head to The Unicorn or the Victory (a short drive up the hill), and The Mount Pleasant Eco Park is nearby, with a vegetarian and vegan café and Reggae Roasts on a Sunday. Remember to leave room for an indulgent Cornish ice cream from the Moomaid of Zennor!
Paddle in the shallows, jump the waves, or swim and surf the waves. Explore the beach and the tidal swimming pool and search for fish and crabs in the rock pools. Enjoy leisurely days in the sun or relish the space at low tide and take your dog for a walk along the mile long stretch of golden sand to Chapel Porth (seasonal dog restrictions apply).
Culture and history
The landscape around Porthtowan has been shaped by its rich mining history, with the remains of engine houses and mining works dotting the surrounding scenery. The last remaining tin production centre in the UK is at the Blue Hills mine near St Agnes, and the iconic and striking Wheal Coates ruins are well worth a visit. The area is recognised as both a World Heritage Site, and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.