In Polperro it is easy to step back in time in what is a largely unspoilt fishing village. Pretty cottages cling to steep hillsides around a small harbour, beloved by artists over the years. Its infamous history as a smugglers haunt is told in the harbourside museum, whilst the model village has delighted visitors for many years.
The coast either side of the harbour provides some wonderful walking, if somewhat steep in places! Talland, between Polperro and Looe has a sandy beach with a couple of cafes open in the season. Going the other way, Lansallos is a secluded cove only accessible on foot, just the sort of place smugglers would have landed in times past.
Like its neighbour Looe, Polperro offers plenty of places to eat and relax and has a good selection of hotels and B&Bs. Dotted around the village are several galleries selling work by local artists. Many of these artists are involved in the arts and music festival in mid June, which includes the crowning of the mock mayor and parades through the narrow streets.