Porthtowan holiday cottages are perfect if you want to make the most of the surf, sun and sand on North Cornwall’s rugged coast. Former mine stacks and engine houses dot the windswept heaths and clifftops in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty surrounding the village. Nestled in a deep valley and flanked by towering granite cliffs, it would be difficult to find a more idyllic base for exploring the region. Porthtowan consists of a handful of family-run businesses and a scattering of homes, some of which are sheltered from the might of the Atlantic by a maze of dunes, while others cling to the cliffs, overlooking the waves. Whether you’re planning on taking surfing lessons, visiting North Cornwall 's ancient fishing villages and splendid surfing beaches or looking out for dolphins on the Southwest Coast Path, Porthtowan holiday cottages have plenty to offer.

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In Porthtowan's village centre, you’ll find a small grocery with everything you need for a day on the beach, a café and a surf shop. With its terrace and views across the bay, Blue Bar is the perfect spot to watch the sunset with a pint of Cornish cider. It’s also a great place to eat, with burgers, fish and chips and pizzas. A short walk from the village, Blue Flag Porthtowan Beach is a beautiful sweep of sand, where sunbathing and sandcastle-building can be enjoyed. At low tide, you can walk all the way to the neighbouring beach of Chapel Porth. Porthtowan is also a popular surf spot, with excellent conditions for all levels. Book a lesson with Porthtowan Surf School, which will provide you with all the equipment and guidance you need to catch your first wave. From your holiday cottage in Porthtowan, many of North Cornwall’s most atmospheric destinations are a short drive away. A mile or so east, the lovely village of St Agnes is home to historic pubs and a sheltered rocky cove. Heading east, you’ll reach the Godrevy Portreath Heritage Coast and the seaside town of St Ives, famous for its art galleries.