Impressive cliffs, stunning coastline and a long golden beach backed by dunes – discover self catering holiday cottages in Porthtowan, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Trace the dramatic coastline and mining heritage from St Agnes and you’ll end up in Porthtowan. Its Blue Flag awarded beach is its big draw – one of Cornwall’s most popular surfing spots backed by large dunes and dramatic cliffs. Low tide exposes a long expanse of which you can walk along to Chapel Porth, the next equally as stunning beach managed by the National Trust. Holidays in Porthtowan offer the true Cornish experience, not a dull moment in sight.

The coastal path between the two – and further along to St Agnes – takes in some of the county’s best remains of its rich mining heritage with stunning views out to sea. This is a wild part of the coast with RNLI lifeguards patrolling the beach from May to September and other peak times.

Back in the village there’s a number of family-suited restaurants, cafés, bars, shops, surf equipment hire, and a children’s play park – if they ever get bored of cricket on the beach.

Choose one of our holiday cottages in Porthtowan this year and make your stay perfect.

Browse our last minute availability and special offers for your next beach getaway.

Remains of an engine house overlooking the sea.

Wide angle shot of Porthtowan beach.



During your self catering holiday in Porthtowan, grab a pasty from the family-friendly cafes or head to The Blue Bar – the place to visit for a beach-side sundowner with good food and drink served until late. There’s also a local pub or head to St Agnes only a short drive away for plenty of eating and drinking options to explore.


Dogs are welcome along the entire South West Coast Path around Porthtowan. They are also welcome on the beach except between Easter and the end of September (8am -7pm) when a seasonal dog ban is in place.


There is level access for disabled visitors from the car park.

Interested in alternative locations in Cornwall? Explore our selection of holiday homes in Portreath, North Cornwall or check out our holiday homes in St. Agnes, North Cornwall. Offering the perfect base for your coastal adventures.

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