A fishing village, with a pretty harbour in the centre, there is plenty of choice when it comes to finding a holiday cottage with sea views or a beachside location in Porthleven. In fact, the village is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Cornwall, appealing to holiday makers of all ages, from those looking for somewhere interesting and relaxing to stay, with spectacular coastal views and walks, to families whose children would just like to play on the beach all day.
It's charm lies in the fact that it is still very much an unspoilt working village, where fishing is still an important part of local life, and where various artists and craftsmen and women have chosen to work, inspired by the scenery and special Cornish way of life. Local people and holiday makers love to watch as the fishermen set off to sea from the harbour in their colourful boats and many are tempted to book fishing trips or coastal cruises on some of the local boats.
In the summertime there are concerts from the local band and local choirs along the harbourside - in fact there is usually something going on most of the time, in and out of the main holiday season. One of the real highlights is when dolphins and seals come to visit, swimming close to the village pier.
Those not lucky enough to catch their own supper can visit the village fishmongers instead, or stroll along the harbour to one of the increasing number of specialist businesses based in Porthleven, including a willow and hat-making workshop, an art gallery, and a jewellers which specialises in original, hand-made pieces. There is also an excellent choice of restaurants, pubs and shops selling locally made gifts.
The walks are spectacular, with the coastal path either side of the village, leading in one direction to Loe Pool, the county's largest inland freshwater lake and the Penrose Estate, run by the National Trust. It is easy to see why so many holidaymakers return to Porthleven year in, year out.