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A village in Gerrans Bay on the Roseland peninsula

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Portscatho harbour

Cottages, galleries and shops lined the waterfront in this historic village. Maintaining its heritage as a small fishing port, Portscatho’s coastal position makes it a prime spot for holidaymakers.

The village is set in the beautiful Roseland Peninsula, one of the UK’s most spectacular stretches of coast. In the area, you’ll find family attractions such as the Eden Project and numerous sandy beaches. Portscatho’s beautiful beach offers clear, azure waters to swim in. Nearby, you can access Porthcurnick Beach, Carne Beach and Pendower Beach, for miles of golden sands. Carne Beach can be an ideal spot for surfers in the right conditions.

The pretty streets meander through the small village

If you want to explore the area on foot, the walk from Portscatho to Carne Beach follows the coastline. To wander among a heritage site, nearby St Anthony Head is set on the South West Coast Path and is home to St Anthony Lighthouse.

Set just above Portscatho is the village of Gerrans. Just a five minute walk away, Gerrans’ medieval spire has become its trademark. Here, you’ll find further local shops selling garden produce and fresh fish. It’s also home to a delightful local pub, the Royal Standard.

Though ranked highly among Cornwall’s many historic villages, there’s something particularly special about this one. The Hidden Hut , a relaxed beach hut serving only the finest local food, is revered among locals and visitors. People have travelled extensively just to join one of the restaurant’s feast nights, which consist of a beautifully-catered picnic, in which people can bring their own drinks. Set outside, overlooking the magnificent Porthcurnick beach, The Hidden Hut offers a slice of heaven in Cornwall. Dishes include paella, Porthcurnick longhorn beef and Moroccan lamb. Don’t miss out on this extraordinary dining experience.

“Home to a beautiful beach, harbour and one of Cornwall’s most relaxed and revered restaurants, Portscatho is a truly idyllic location.”

If you’re seeking a more traditional meal, the village’s local pub, the Plume of Feathers is a great choice. As well as offering the finest brews by St Austell Ales, the pub serves up delectable classics such as Cornish sirloin steak, Tribute battered fillet of cod and braised local lamb shank.

Seafood lovers may want to stick around the Portscatho Fish Festival. With a blend of live music and delicious local seafood, visitors flock to the area each year.

While you’re there

St Mawes Beach

Catch the ferry to Falmouth or spend a day on the beach in front of the harbour.

National Maritime Museum Cornwall

On the Falmouth harbour side you'll find this fantastic museum.

Pendower Beach

It's not difficult to see why the cliffs here are of Special Scientific Interest.

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