The beautiful golden sandy beach at Porthtowan Cornwall England UK Europe ©Ian Woolcock Shutterstock
Best Facilities Beach
Porthtowan Beach has consistently been awarded with a Blue Flag status thanks to its clean beach and fantastic water quality. The village of Porthtowan also have a huge environmental commitment, with education and information around the beach. Its name in Cornish translates to Porth meaning beach and towan meaning dunes.
Situated on the north coast, Porthtowan’s sandy beach is a popular choice for surfers, but equally suited to families with plenty of rock pools to discover and great sandcastle-building conditions. Backed by large dunes and dramatic cliffs, it’s a beautifully rugged beach with a large expanse of sand to burn off energy.
Safe for the family, the beach is patrolled by RNLI lifeguards during busy periods, but does operate a seasonal dog-ban. Porthtowan is a dog-friendly beach from 1 October to Easter and before 8 am and after 7pm between Easter and 30 September.
Being a Blue Flag awarded beach, Porthtowan isn’t short of facilities; there’s even a children’s play park at the top end of the beach. The car park is moments from the beach where there is public toilets and there’s plenty of places nearby to grab a bite to eat.
Lesser known is the secret tidal pool at Porthtowan Beach, covered at high tide it’s not easy to access but is one of nature’s delights. From the beach at low tide you can take a walk east to the neighbouring beach at Chapel Porth.