When people imagine what a charming Cornish fishing village might look like, they may well be picturing Polperro. This 13th century community is famed for its narrow streets, and the beautiful cottages that cling to the steep hillsides around the small harbour.
Cars are banned from driving through Polperro, sensibly so, helping to preserve the character and timeless feel that permeates through the network of lanes and alleyways. Adding further to the atmosphere, a stream cascades through the heart of the village, and at certain times of year the cottages are awash with colour from the beautiful flowers that grow outside. Polperro doesn’t lose its authentic charm even at the height of the tourist season when it does get busy. To really understand the heritage of this place, a visit to the museum will help take you back to the days of fishing and smuggling, or just relax at one of the pretty cafes, pubs, or tea gardens.