As you stroll through the narrow, maze-like alleyways of Polperro, past the quaint mismatching cottages and rickety white-washed pubs, you can almost imagine the days when this historic fishing village was a favourite hangout for smugglers.
Today, it’s more frequently a home for artists, who sell a range of paintings, jewellery and handcrafted items in the galleries and shops scattered throughout Polperro’s winding and blissfully traffic-free streets.
Polperro’s unspoilt charm is only matched by its beautiful setting. Head down to the village’s characterful harbourside for ocean vistas and to visit a small yet lovely beach – which neighbours an old smuggling cave!
You can hike the South West Coast Path from here, a challenging route that takes in the coves, cliffs and headlands that make the Polperro Heritage Coast so special. Or, for a different perspective, hop on a pleasure cruise from the harbour.
Polperro's Top Sights
- Quaint, historic alleyways
- Galleries and independent shops
- Excellent seafood restaurants
- Small, sheltered beach
- Awesome coastal scenery
How to get to Polperro
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