|Porthtowan is a small village on the north Cornish Coast with an excellent sandy beach which is popular with swimmers and surfers alike. There are excellent cliff walks to Chapel Porth and further afield.
Porthtowan’s beach is great fun for all the family. Fantastic surf for the more adventurous and plenty of rock pools and sand for the little ones. Porthtowan Beach has been awarded a Blue Flag award in acknowledgement of its beach management and water quality. The beach is patrolled by life guards from Mid May to the end of September.
Overlooking Porthtowan are the remains of Wheal Towan, one of Cornwall's most celebrated 18th century copper mines and scene of a fortune amassed by Ralph Allen Daniell of Trelissick, "guinea a minute" Daniell - his reputed income night and day.
Surfing in Porthtowan has long been a favourite pastime amongst locals and visitors alike. The large winter swells attract experienced surfers whilst the more gentle summer surf usually keeps sunseekers, surfers and bodyboarders happy from sunrise till sunset.
The village has a selection of pubs and restaurants, as well as a general store and surf shops that hire out surfboards, body boards and wetsuits as well as selling clothing and accessories.