Portholland Beach

Mid-way along Cornwall’s south coast, approximately 5 miles west of Mevagissey, lies the two villages of East Portholland and West Portholland, each with their own adjacent pebbled coves. At high tide the coves are generally inaccessible but at low tide they form one large beach separated by a band on rocks and pools in the middle. The beach is ideal for families with safe bathing waters and numerous rock pools to explore. Due to the limited parking space it is rarely crowded, even during the busier summer months. Portholland is classed as a National Heritage Site and therefore, has remained relatively unspoilt for more than 100 years. The villages of Portholland are part of the nearby Caerhays Castle estate; a semi-castellated, Grade I listened manor house that is world famous for its large magnolia collection. Toilets can be found at East Portholland and refreshments are available during the summer. Potential rock falls mean that caution should be taken when moving directly underneath the cliffs.

Dog friendly (west end of beach only).

No lifeguard on duty.

Directions: Follow directions to Mevagissey, shortly after the Pentwean turning, take a right onto the Gorran Haven road. Follow signposts to Caerhays and take the road thorugh Rescassa and onwards past Porthluney and finally down to Portholland. Beachside parking can be found at both ends of the beach with space for about 30 cars at the eastern end. Be wary of the narrow roads when approaching the beach.

Secret beach location: 50.235238,-4.862909