Porthtowan is a quaint and rustic small village and is considered a popular tourist destination in the summer. The village lies within the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape which is classed as a World Heritage Site.
The name Porthtowan comes from the Cornish words ‘porth’ and ‘tewynn’ meaning cove of sand dunes.
Porthtowan’s history is linked with mining and one of its most well-known buildings is a former engine house which was converted for residential use.
In Victorian and Edwardian times, Porthowan was popular as a seaside resort.
Overlooking the village are the remains of Wheal Towan, one of Cornwall’s old copper mines that produced substantial wealth. Today Porthtowan has become one of the most popular Cornish destinations for surfers.
Things to do in Porthtowan
The town itself is a warm sun-trap. The appealing climate and delightful countryside makes a great day out.
The beach at Porthtowan consists of soft white sands and dunes. For those who love to surf, the waves at Porthtowan are ideal.
The surf club is located on the Blue Flag beach and every year the annual Rip Curl Cornish and Open Longboard Championship takes place here.
National Trust coastal walks can take you to Chapel Porth, Wheat Coates, Trevaunance Cove and St Agnes. The engine house is situated on the cliffs and maintains much of its original structure so is worth a visit.
For those who like to dine, Porthtowan is host to various restaurants that cater for all sorts of tastes.