The pier at Porthleven is well worth venturing out on to for fantastic views back across the town. You might even catch a glimpse of local surfers – just remember not to go out on it if the orange ball is up! The beach, up around past the clock tower, is great at low tide with a fab swathe of sand and relatively safe swimming.
Situated on the South West Coast Path, there’s plenty of walking to be had around Porthleven –head out past the beach towards the impressive Looe Bar and Penrose Estate, or head West towards Rinsey and Praa Sands – both have spectacular views.
There are also some great little shops to explore – make sure to check out Four Crows Gallery which showcases handmade crafts by local artists – anything from jewellery and ceramics to stained glass goodies. The Salt Cellar Workshops are worth a look too and often have the artists in residence so you can see them at work. The Old Lifeboat House is a great little gallery and as the name suggests is situated in the old lifeboat building which juts out to sea.