Described by The Times as ‘the most upwardly mobile coastal town’ in Cornwall, the old fishing port of Porthleven has a timeless charm that brings visitors flocking. With dramatic weather creating astounding photographic opportunities over the harbour and surrounding sea wall, it is a haven for artists, writers, and nature lovers of all ages. Recently, the town has been cultivating its foodie haven status, with Kota, Rick Stein’s, Amelie’s, and Origin Coffee Roasters offering some of Cornwall’s finest culinary experiences. With a good year-round community (you’ll get to know many of the local fishermen at The Ship if you spend enough time there) and housing prices lower than many of the county’s better-known seaside destinations, Porthleven is a family-friendly town with plenty to offer the whole family.
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Frequently ranked among the best places to live in the South West, Falmouth is a buzzing seaside town that offers year-round activities, plenty of shops and restaurants, and four beautiful beaches. Blue Flag beach Gyllyngvase, commonly known as Gylly, is the top pick, with paddle boarding, yoga, kayaking, and safe swimming options, as well as providing an ideal venue for an evening summer BBQ. The town’s annual events calendar is jam-packed with festivals, live music, and maritime-themed activities and thanks to the rapid expansion of the university there is plenty to do throughout the off season.
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Once home to novelist Daphne du Maurier, Fowey’s literary connections are still apparent – the du Maurier Festival Society organizes an annual event featuring a diverse range of authors, musicians, and artists. Keen sailors will appreciate the town’s deep-water moorings, and dog walkers will love the trails along the scenic Fowey estuary. And if you prefer to wander through the narrow streets of one of the quaintest towns in Cornwall, you’ll find excellent dining options and charming independent shops to browse around.
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Less busy than the popular north coast destinations of Rock and Padstow, Mawgan Porth is a quiet hamlet in a lush green valley that is perfectly situated for those looking for peaceful village life who also want to be close to livelier options. You can enjoy the stunning local coast path walks while being just a short drive from Newquay’s buzzing nightlife and Padstow’s prestigious restaurant scene. Mawgan Porth’s golden sandy beach is dog friendly year-round, has seasonal lifeguard cover, and is full of caves and rockpools for kids to explore.
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