In Brief

Classification: Town
Twinned with: No-one
Population: 3,006 in 2006
Notable former residents: Winston Graham, author of the famous ‘Poldark’ novels, lived here and based the stories in the area. Plus, car designer, rally driver and speed record holder Donald Healey was born here and opened a garage in town in 1920. His family now owns Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm, which isn’t too far away
Films shot in town: Blue Juice (1995) was shot on the nearby coast and, of course, some scenes from the ‘Poldark’ TV series (from 1975) were filmed ‘round here
Interesting factoid: The town’s modern name comes from ‘Porth Peran’, Cornish for ‘the cove of St Piran’, the patron saint of Cornwall


Newquay is north Cornwall’s most famous seaside resort. But for something a little more tranquil, Perranporth, about eight miles down the coast, just begs to be visited. The eponymous beach here is gorgeous and the town itself is relaxing and full of bijou gift shops, surf stores and eateries, especially along its high street that seems like almost an extension of the sands. It’s also a place rich with history as it’s named after Cornwall’s patron saint, St Piran, who is said to have washed up on the beach after crossing the big blue from Ireland. And it was also once part of the county’s mining heartlands, inspiring the famous ‘Poldark’ novels no less. History, tranquillity, great eating, decent shopping and one of the best beaches in the county bring visitors from far and wide to this beautiful corner of Cornwall.