Around West Cornwall

Porthcurno is the ideal base for exploring the fabulous beaches, stunning coastline, fishing villages and seaside towns of West Cornwall.  Sennen Cove and beach, Cape Cornwall, Mousehole, Lamorna, Penzance and St Ives are all within easy reach;


Porthcurno Beach with its glorious white sand and turquoise sea  is less than 10 minutes walk from Garden Apartment. Enclosed by the Logan Rock headland, it is listed among the ten most beautiful bays in the world. There is good car parking and a lovely beach cafe and shop set back from the beach. The beach has life guards in the summer season. A dog ban operates daytime hours May – September.

Just a short stroll along the beautiful cliffs from Porthcurno are a couple of lovely secluded beaches such as Porth Chapel and Pedn Vounder.

Just 3 miles away the famous surfing beach at Sennen Cove offers vast sands to enjoy. Easily accessible from the car park it is a popular place to relax throughout the year and a mecca for surfing. Surf hire and lessons are available at the beach which also has an excellent beach side cafe & restaurant. The beach has life guards in the  summer season. A dog ban operates daytime hours May – September.

A short walk along the coast from Sennen (or accessible from a different car park) is Gwynver beach. Again the beach has lovely sands, is popular for surfing and has life guards in the summer season. Dogs are allowed at all times.

Dog friendly beaches

Whilst the most popular beaches have dog bans May – September there are plenty of dog friendly beaches nearby. Although these take a little more effort and agility to get to, they are really beautiful locations. Suggestions include: Porth Chapel ( 1 mile), Nanjizel beach (3 miles), Gwynver Beach (4 miles).

Coastline and Walks around Porthcurno

Porthcurno is blessed with being situated amongst some of the most dramatic and beautiful coastline. The South West Coast Path  runs within 5 minutes walk of  Garden Apartment. From here you can stroll out on the cliffs toward Logan Rock and down to the timeless little fishing cove of Penberth, or you can follow the path past Porth Chapel beach onto the charming cove of Porthgwarra. Continuing on past the hidden jem of Nanjizal Bay will bring you to famous Lands End.

A few miles north of Lands End is the lesser known but wonderfully atmospheric headland of Cape Cornwall. With its slipway full of little fishing boats and beautiful walks around it is a recommended place to visit.

There are lovely Cornish Fishing Villages nearby. Famous Mousehole and Sennen Cove are close by, as is the busy fishing port of Newlyn. The beautiful artist and fishing town of St Ives is a short drive away.

Heritage and Entertainment

You just can’t miss seeing  a performance at the dramatic cliff top Minack Theatre at Porthcurno. The landscape, seascape and heritage of West Corwall is a magnet for artists and craftspeople, with studios, workshops and galleries all around. Most famous amongst galleries are Tate St Ives and the Newlyn Art Gallery.

The fairy tale island of St Michael’s Mount, near Penzance with its castle and gardens is truly worth a visit. Other beautiful gardens with many sub tropical plants include Trewidden Gardens and Trengwainton Gardens both near Penzance. Also check out Chygurno gardens dramatically carved into the cliff edge overlooking Lamorna Cove.

West Cornwall’s mining heritage is so strong. Geevor Mine near St Just makes a fascinating visit. Other local family attractions include Land’s End Landmark and Paradise Park bird and animal sanctuary near St Ives.

Don’t miss Porthcurno’s  brilliant Telegraph Musuem, newly re-opened after superb refurbishment and extension.


Surfing is very popular. Porthcurno and Sennen are choice locations for keen surfers. If you fancy learning to surf, contact Dave and his team at the excellent Sennen Surfing Centre. Board and wetsuit hire available at Sennen Beach as it is at St Ives.

Golfers can head to Cape Cornwall Golf Club near St Just for some amazing cliff top golf. Visitors welcome.

As a treat why not join a sea safari boat trip or coastal cruise Check out Marine Discovery or Elemental Tours.


A joy of a self catering holiday is of course the opportunity to buy and cook brilliant local produce. For seafood lovers, head for seafood shops at Newlyn. You’ll also find some brilliant farmers markets such as at Sennen (Tuesdays), St Buryan (Saturdays) amongst others to get to freshest local produce.

For more on these and places eat out look at our suggestions here Food, Cafe’s, Pubs and Restaurants

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