Travel Notes | Porthcurno

Updated: Nov 3, 2020

Cornwall, a true beauty within itself. With a deep connection comes a bigger fascination. To some, Cornwall is where they take their yearly holiday, others a world unknown, and for some, it’s home. Cornwall undoubtedly boasts some of the most picturesque views and scenery that the UK has to offer. Within Cornwall lies a setting quite often described as paradise. A known treasure to locals and a reward to those seeking it; Porthcurno.

Nestled in the deep South West of Cornwall, Porthcurno is unique, the beaches are white, water clear, and with views of both Logan Rock and the Minack Theatre, offering dramatic views for the eye to feed on. This oasis is a popular destination but different from the rest of Cornwall, on a generous summer's day it can be quite easy to forget you are in England. The views, waters and sand mimic that to what you may find in Spain or Greece.

The beaches get crowded especially in summer, but this sheer slice of paradise also offers tranquillity in the winter months. Little to no crowds equipped with harrowing seas create a dramatic atmosphere worth the experience. Exploring the cliffs above set the scene to the vast and dynamic structure Cornwall is renowned for. On a clear day, Logan Rock is worth the hike to view Porthcurno from a different perspective.

The Minack Theatre sits at the top of the cliff creating the perfect backdrop to various plays which are performed throughout the year. In summer, the Minack Theatre takes advantage of the lighter evenings and will perform some of Shakespeare’s classics as the sun sets. Built in the 1920s by theatrical visionary Rowena Wade and her gardener, the structure remains the same nearly 100 years later.

The road to Porthcurno is quite simple, your GPS will guide you to exactly where you need to go. The problem is the vast country roads that pave the way. The roads are slim, bendy, and have enough hills to make your stomach turn as it would on a fairground ride. The locals know the roads and where to apply the brakes for a sudden sharp corner or where to push down on the accelerator for the upcoming hill, tourists do not. This can create a few accidents in summer, add in BMW drivers not wanting to edge their way into the bush or a double-decker bus taking up the entire road, causing you to reverse 500m. It can get problematic.

For surfers, there is a slim chance of getting a wave here, but not impossible. Winter swells create a long and forceful left-hander just left of the main beach. However, it is worth noting that surfing here can and will push you onto the rocks when surfing at a higher tide. The current here is also dangerous and can sweep you out within seconds. If there is surf, don’t surf alone! You will find better conditions either at Sennen or Gwenver.

So here is your chance to find that little slice of paradise, a rarity during these uncertain times. Perfect in all seasons, Porthcurno really is precious. Drift further afield and explore some coastline or venture onto Logan Rock, it's fucking beautiful! Quick tip, if you are looking for the best place to go stargazing, this is it!