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Porthcurno Beach

Stroll along this spectacular bay and admire its turquoise waters, white sand and intriguing rock formations, including a precariously balanced stone.

Porthcurno Beach is a small cove sandwiched between grassy headlands at the foot of a charming village. Climb to the top of the cliffs for excellent views of the Atlantic Ocean and the white sand of the bay.

The beach is a great place to hang out for a day. Cool down on warm days with a swim in the pristine water and relax in the shade provided by the high cliffs looming over the sand. Look for crabs and shells and let the kids splash about in the stream that flows down one side.

Wander along the sand and follow one of the walking trails leading from the beach to encounter fascinating rock formations. Follow the South West Coast Path route north and look for the rocky islands of Horrace, Seghy and Great Goular. Walk south and go bird-watching around Porthgwarra valley. Look for birds such as scoters and gannets on the rocks. Migrant butterflies can often be spotted flittering around here during autumn.

The famous Logan Rock, a finely balanced stone perched atop a cliff, is a scenic 30-minute walk to the east. Learn about how it was dislodged by a naval troop as a display of strength in 1824, before being repositioned several months later. The stone, which was famous for swaying with just the slightest touch, moves less freely nowadays.

Just south of Porthcurno Beach is the remarkable Minack Theatre, an open-air theater venue sculpted into the cliffs overlooking the water. Pay a small fee to access the venue during the day. Venture backstage and find out more about the history of the impressive site.

Dogs are not allowed on Porthcurno Beach during the day from the beginning of May until the end of September. Lifeguards watch over the bay in spring and summer. Be aware that cell phone signal is notoriously weak in the Porthcurno valley.

Porthcurno Beach is just north of St. Levan in the southwestern region of Cornwall, 10 miles (16 kilometers) from Penzance by car. A public parking lot is located above the beach. While you’re in the area, visit the Porthcurno Telegraph Museum to discover more about the town’s history as a global communications hub.


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Trendrennen Farm Bed and Breakfast
Trendrennen Farm Bed and Breakfast

Trendrennen Farm Bed and Breakfast

Treen Street, Levan, Penzance, England
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in a rural location, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of Porthcurno Beach and Minack Theatre. Land's End is 3 mi (4.8 km) away.

    Beachcomber
    Beachcomber

    Beachcomber

    Flat 5 Cyan Porthcurno, Penzance, England
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated near the beach, this cottage is within 1 mi (2 km) of Porthcurno Beach and Minack Theatre. Land's End is 3 mi (4.9 km) away.

      Seascape
      Seascape

      Seascape

      The Old Hotel Apartments The Valley, Penzance, England
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Penzance, this cottage is within a 15-minute walk of Porthcurno Telegraph Museum and Minack Theatre. Porthcurno Beach and Logan Rock are also within 3 mi (5 km).

        Porthcurno Bay View
        Porthcurno Bay View

        Porthcurno Bay View

        The Old Hotel The Valley, Penzance, England
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Penzance, this beach cottage is within a 15-minute walk of Porthcurno Telegraph Museum and Minack Theatre. Land's End is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) away.

          Lizard
          Lizard

          Lizard

          The Old Hotel The Valley, St Leven, Penzance, England
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Penzance, this cottage is within a 15-minute walk of Porthcurno Telegraph Museum and Minack Theatre. Land's End is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) away.

            Wolf Rock
            Wolf Rock

            Wolf Rock

            The Old Hotel The Valley, St Leven, Penzance, England
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Penzance, this cottage is within a 15-minute walk of Porthcurno Telegraph Museum and Minack Theatre. Land's End is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) away.

              Godrevy
              Godrevy

              Godrevy

              The Porthcurno Hotel The Valley, Penzance, England
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Penzance, this golf cottage is within a 15-minute walk of Porthcurno Telegraph Museum and Minack Theatre. Land's End is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) away.

                Garden Apartment
                Garden Apartment

                Garden Apartment

                6 The Valley, Penzance, England
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated near the beach, this cottage is within a 15-minute walk of Porthcurno Telegraph Museum and Minack Theatre. Land's End is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) away.