Holidays in Portreath
Portreath is a great place to stay if you want to explore the stunning landscapes and scenery that Cornwall has to offer. This former fishing village with its narrow harbour and secluded beaches offers nearby walks through countryside and woodland and over cliff tops. The beach itself is perfect for water sports such as surfing and windsurfing, making it a popular destination for tourists. Here are our suggestions for great things to see and do on holidays in Portreath.
Things to see on holidays in Portreath
Just a few minutes away from Portreath is Tehidy Country Park, west Cornwall’s largest area of woodland. With more than 9 miles of paths, you can explore the 250 acre woodland, and also the peaceful lakes, for as long as you like, stopping for a rest at the café and picnic area. Tehidy has two main access points, meaning you could explore two different areas of the park on two different days if you wanted to. And, being open all year around, Tehidy can be enjoyed no matter what the season, making it a brilliant place to visit on holidays in Portreath.
Accommodation for holidays in Portreath
Those considering holidays in Portreath have a range of accommodation types to choose from, catering to all tastes and budgets. As well as hotels in the town and the nearby area, there are also several bed and breakfasts to choose from. For those who want to stay close to the elements, there is a campsite nearby, where you can pitch a tent or rent a caravan ‐ perfect for large groups. You can also rent a self-catering holiday cottage for your holidays in Portreath.
Things to do whilst on holidays in Portreath
You can’t stay at a Cornish seaside town without a trip to the beach! Porteath is a brilliant family beach that is mostly sandy. As well as the beach itself, the water is great for surfing. There are places for you to hire all the equipment you need, so you don’t even have to bring your stuff with you, or for complete novices, you can have lessons and then go surfing in the presence of an instructor. There are several shops in the town, and cafes so you can find somewhere to eat and get an ice cream.
History of Portreath
Portreath sits in the Red River Valley, so called because of the copper ore that taints the colour of the water. The name Portreath was first recorded back in 1485. From the 1600s, Portreath was a site of Tin Streaming; the process of excavating tin from the bottom of river valleys. The harbour was started in 1713 when the quay was built, and continued to grow and be adapted over the coming decades. It functioned commercially up until the 1960s, and housing was built where the quays and yards once stood. Today, the harbour exists only to serve a few small fishing boats.