A visit to Port Isaac is highly recommended for anyone who wants to experience the real, traditional Cornwall and get a taste for one of its finest exports – fresh seafood and shellfish. That this small village is still very much a community of working fisherman with a bustling harbour, is part of what makes visiting Port Isaac such a memorable and enjoyable experience.
Port Isaac is no secret of course having featured in a number of TV programmes over the years – most famously it was used as the location for the Doc Martin series, though its name was changed to Port Wenn in the show.
Its narrow, cobbled streets, flanked by white washed cottages that wind down towards the harbour, have attracted tourists for many years. Its narrow streets and alleyways epitomised by the appropriately named ‘Squeezy Belly Alley’ thought to be one of the narrowest thoroughfares in Britain! Well worth a visit for a photo opportunity, as long as you don’t get stuck!
In summer, fishing and sightseeing boat trips are offered from the harbour, a wonderful way to see the beautiful coastline whilst experiencing some Cornish hospitality from the people who know the area the best.
Although not featured in this episode of ‘Cornwall’, around 5 miles along the coast from Port Isaac is the stunning Tintagel Castle, famed for being the claimed birthplace of King Arthur. With its dramatic views, it is a location that is befitting of its history, and well worth a visit for a walk along the rugged north Cornwall coast.
Events in the Area
Port Isaac is located just 12 miles from St Minver Holiday Park, set in the grounds of an old manor house in a beautiful woodland location and close to Polzeath, Rock and Daymer Bay beaches, making it an ideal location for visiting just some of the events happening in and around the area.
Padstow May Day – This is the biggest day in the Padstow calendar, attracting many people from far and wide to the small town, which is decorated in flags, flowers, greenery. A colourful, traditional street procession follows, with street dancing and music. Padstow May Day takes place on Wednesday 1st May.
St Endellion Music Festivals – The St Endellion Music Festivals take place during both Easter and summer, at Collegiate Church of St Endelienta near Port Isaac. Featuring a diverse mix of both amateur and professional musicians, from all over the world this year’s Easter festival takes place between 29th March – 7th April and celebrates its 40th Anniversary!
The Port Isaac Music Festival – During the May Bank Holiday weekend (24-27th May) a variety of musicians will be performing in the village for The Port Isaac Music Festival, including the now world famous ‘Fisherman’s Friends’
These events are hugely popular and attract many visitors to the area, so book somewhere to stay in Cornwall now. Take a look at the latest availability for Spring Breaks at St Minver Holiday Park in Cornwall and secure your accommodation today.