Port Isaac is a charming fishing village which attracts visitors from all over the world due to its starring role in the hit TV series Doc Martin. It's common to see visitors enjoying their stroll along the narrow streets and picturesque harbour whilst spotting landmarks that have featured in so many episodes of the show. It's a fair walk downhill to reach the beach at Port Isaac from the car parks at the top of the hill or on the outskirts of the village, so this is more likely a beach you would visit as part of your visit to Port Isaac rather than it being a destination beach for the day. At low tide there is an expanse of sand but as this is a working harbour there are also fishing boats on the sand. There is a small stream and plenty of rock pools to entertain the children.
Despite being a popular destination, Port Isaac has retained much of its traditional Cornish charm. Visitors can sit by the harbour, watch the boats come and go or explore all the village has to offer, including the scenic coastal walk.
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Those seeking a quieter experience can head to Port Gaverne, which lies just 1km to the east. This secluded cove is ideal for relaxing and rock pooling, and visitors can enjoy stunning views of the surrounding cliffs and headlands.
About 5km to the west of Port Isaac is the even quieter village of Port Quin, a tiny fishing hamlet that is mostly untouched by tourism. Visitors can catch a glimpse of traditional Cornish life and enjoy superb coastal views with a short stroll along the coast path.
Anyone interested in experiencing traditional Cornish culture must visit Port Isaac, a popular fishing village that has retained its quaint charm and boasts stunning scenery. It is the perfect destination to explore, relax and unwind.
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