Our guide to holidays in Portwrinkle
It seems as though, the busier life gets, the more you lot dream of those unspoilt corners of Cornwall that have the feel of days gone by, and that’s what holidays in Portwrinkle are really all about. Once a traditional fishing village, the lovely thing about this sandy little spot is that you can still see the evidence of its past around every corner. This is the kind of resort where time slows down, boats bob on the water and evenings are spent tucking into the fresh catch of the day...sheer bliss.
We have to say, one of the most popular things about Portwrinkle holidays is that you’ll find the golden sands of Whitsand Bay close by, and that means long lazy days spent enjoying the scenery from the comfort of your beach towel. The beach rolls on for four miles, so even if you visit during high season you’ll have plenty of space to do your thing, and it’s perfect for families looking to enjoy the quiet side of Cornwall.
To be honest, we reckon you’ll slip into your flip flops as soon as you get out of the car and stay in them for the rest of your Portwrinkle holiday. Because, however you love to relax and enjoy your time away from it all, those gorgeous Portwrinkle beaches make just the places to forget the world.
We’ve already let the cat out of the bag when it comes to Whitsand Bay beach, but it still has the feel of being lesser known than the other beaches in the area, and it’s a tranquil spot to spend some time with the family. The cliffs that back the beach are home to the golf course, so if you’ve been hoping to practice your swing during your break you know where to go…
Just below the village, you’ll find Finnygook Beach, and it’s actually a chain of pretty little beaches that can only be accessed from Portwrinkle. If you look to the west of Finnygook, you’ll see Hoodny Cove, a lovely little sandy beach beside the quay and harbour. This spot looks much as it did when the resort was a fishing village, and you can still see the old pilchard cellars up above the harbour.
Places to eat in Portwrinkle
With all those coastal walks in the fresh air, you’re going to be wondering where the best places to eat in Portwrinkle are once you get into holiday mode. Found in Downderry, just a short drive away, The Blue Plate restaurant is a café and deli, and it’s the perfect place to start the foodie adventure that’s being in Cornwall. How about sipping on cocktails while you nibble on olives and hummus, or watching the world go by from the sun terrace, or tucking into a plate of fresh seafood while you plan the rest of your day…? Yum.
Over in Looe, make sure you stop in and sample the food at Daisy’s Café. With a fine reputation for dishing up full English breakfasts designed to keep you going all day, this friendly little café comes recommended by the Trip Advisor reviewers. From the coke floats to the huge sandwiches, this is that café in the area that you’ve got to add to your list.
Sticking with Looe, The Ancient Mariner Bistro is another firm favourite, and it’s one of those eateries that gets its seafood spot on. From mussels to chowder, every dish on the menu seems to come recommended, and what a way to sample the local produce.
Things to do in Portwrinkle
Portwrinkle sits within easy reach of Downderry, the Rame Head Peninsula and Torpoint, and that means there’s plenty of choice when it comes to those days out. There are plenty of things to do in Portwrinkle itself when you fancy soaking up the laidback atmosphere and just relaxing, but it’s good to know that there are plenty of family days out within easy reach by car.
Let’s start with one of the best days out in Cornwall – The Monkey Sanctuary. Found in Looe, around a 20 minute drive from Portwrinkle, the sanctuary’s home to 37 monkeys. Over at Torpoint, just across the water from Plymouth, Mount Edgecumbe House is one of those days out with something for everyone. With a stately home at the heart of the grounds, and gardens that roll their way gently down to the sea, there’s a romantic feel to this attraction that makes it perfect for walkers, history lovers and families.
Speaking of history, if you do make your way to Torpoint, make sure you visit the National Trust’s Antony House. Used to film the garden scenes of the recent remake of Alice in Wonderland – starring Jonny Depp – Antony House remains a family home with a place in the region’s history.