Surfers’ paradise

Porthtowan is one of those perfect beaches in Cornwall – sandy, safe and stunning.

At low tide here there’s a mile and a half of sandy shore, ideal for sandcastle building, and exposed rock pools to explore which makes it a perfect for families with young children. Porthtowan, which translates from the Cornish “Porth Tewyn” as cove of sand, has Blue Flag status and is in a fabulous location, part of an area designated as a Mining World Heritage Site.

The beach is backed by sand dunes and then spectacular cliffs. There are lifeguards in season and the beach has become something of a surfers’ paradise with excellent waves all year round and good facilities for visitors – ample parking (some of it free), shops, cafes and restaurants. An impressive location where big waves and dramatic sunsets have to be seen to be believed.

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Walking from Porthtowan towards Agnes Head across one of Cornwall’s largest remaining heathlands.

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Take some binoculars and you might catch sight of dolphins and seals, even the odd basking shark in the clean waters off Porthtowan. Plenty of wildlife shoreside too – you can walk to Chapel Porth at low tide where much of the coast is in the care of the National Trust.