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A special little fishing port where colourful boats bob in the harbour

Polperro harbour

A jumble of former fishermen’s cottages can be found in the harbour, which still has a thriving fishing trade. With traffic-free streets and historical features, the peaceful village of Polperro is a tranquil haven. Just below the village, there is a small sandy beach, perfect for a stroll or playing by the sea.

Polperro is just along the coast from Looe, linked by a beautiful coastal path. The walk passes by an early Christian holy site and the ruins of a medieval chapel, all the while showcasing outstanding sea views. If you’re keen to get active on your visit to Polperro, there’s also a charming sea pool to take a bracing dip in. Built in the 1940s, the tidal rock pool sits beneath the cliffs and enjoys ample sunshine in the summer.

For a beach day, there are many beautiful coves and stretches of golden sand to explore. Nearby, you’ll find Talland Bay, Lansallos Cove, Hannafore Beach, Lantivet Bay, Looe beach, Lantic Bay, Plaidy Beach, Millendreath Beach, Ready Money Cove, Polridmouth Cove.

Polperro

In the village, narrow streets are backed by the steep hillside. Wandering through the shops, eateries and pubs, you’ll soon realise why Polperro has such an excellent reputation. Pubs such as the Blue Peter Inn are widely regarded. Serving a vast array of real ales and steady flow of live music make it a hot spot with locals and visitors. Nelsons, another quirky eatery in Polperro, is renowned for its delectable dishes. For seafood, there’s one place you must try. Michelle’s Restaurant serves up fresh fish caught locally and is also reputed to have one of Cornwall’s best Sunday roasts. Tapas at Millys is also a fine choice for something a little different, with a menu boasting chorizo and butterbean casserole and a mouth-watering selection of Cornish cheeses. Alternatively, for a delicious portion of fish and chips, head to The Buccaneer.

“With a remarkable history in smuggling and fishing, Polperro is a Cornish treasure.”

Immerse yourself in the festive vibes at the annual Polperro Festival, inspired by Jonathan Couch’s description of traditional festivities that had previously taken place in the village. Polperro Festival is now a hub for arts, music and drama in the area, complete with live music, workshops and a solstice bonfire.

If you’re keen to discover more about Polperro’s unique smuggling and fishing history, the Polperro Heritage Museum offers a succinct historical journey through the village’s roots.

If you’re planning on venturing out of Polperro, you’re not too far from Fowey, Looe, St Austell and Bodmin.

While you’re there

Talland Bay

A large rocky outcrop separates this bay into two shingle beaches.

Couch's Great House

Enjoy delicious food cooked by the head chef who has worked with many famous names.

Polperro Beach

Just past the harbour lies this pretty beach, away from the hustle and bustle.

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