Situated on the River Pol, 4 miles (6 km) west of the more important resort of Looe and 25 miles (40 km) west of the major city and naval port of Plymouth. A fishing harbour surrounded by tightly packed old fishermen's houses makes it attractive to tourists, and particularly so in the summer months.

Tourism became Polperro's main industry during the 20th century, being accessible by train from Looe railway station as well as by road. It was estimated that the village received about 25,000 visitors a day in summer in the 1970s.[1] Visitors may not take their cars into the village, leaving their vehicles in the main car park just outside and entering the village from the north and walking the remaining half mile to the harbour. The village comprises various narrow streets rendering navigation by car difficult. There are horse and cart rides and milk floats disguised as trams for visitors who prefer not to walk.

Attractions for visitors include the South West Coast Path, the 630-mile (1,010 km) long and established walk from Dorset to Somerset which passes through the village, and offers day walks along the scenic local coastline, in particular to Talland Bay close by on the coast path heading East. Westwards, the path passes three large beaches on the way to Fowey: Lansallos Beach, Lantivit Bay and Lantic Bay. Within the village is the Polperro Heritage Museum of Fishing and Smuggling, situated on the harbourside in an old fish processing warehouse, which amongst other things, houses interesting photographs of the village's history. Guided walks are available for those visitors who may want some help in finding the more interesting parts of the village, and there are boat trips from the harbour to view the coastline which, from time to time, offer sightings of dolphins and seals.

Several restaurants, serving not least seafood, can be found in the village.


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