Port Isaac is a traditional Cornish fishing village located in a somewhat isolated part of the north Cornish coast. The waters around Port Isaac are still fished today, although much of the income the village receives comes from tourism. If you're after quaint charm and idyllic seaside views, Port Isaac is second to none. Most of the buildings are 18th and 19th century cottages and are built down narrow alleys typical of harbour villages. Local places of interest outside Port Isaac include the tiny villages of Trewetha, Trelights and Pendoggatt. Transportation is available in Port Isaac and coaches run daily from Bude to Newquay, stopping off at various different coastal towns and villages.
Most people know Port Isaac from its involvement as a backdrop for a number of films, BBC and ITV productions. The popular television show, Doc Martin, was located at Port Isaac and the fictional village name 'Portwenn' was used instead. Other television shows include the 1970s 'Poldark', based on a series of novels by Winston Graham, and was about a man who returned from the American War of Independence. Feature films in Port Isaac include Saving Grace (again with Martin Clunes) and Amy Forster (Swept from the Sea). Port Isaac is set among an area of outstanding natural beauty.
Port Isaac has succeeded in avoiding becoming a generic Cornish 'tourist trap' and has kept much of its historic charm. Things to do in Port Isaac include a visit to one of the traditional pubs, where you can grab some delicious fresh fish dishes (fishermen usually catch fresh lobster, crab and fish) and enjoy a pint of local real ale; or maybe a stroll down to the old harbour, with its historic boathouse that is now known as the Post Office.
There're also some fine walks to be done along the coast from Port Isaac. You can enjoy the rugged coastline and hike between Port Isaac and Port Quin. Port Isaac is also famous for its Fishermen's Friends singers, who signed a £1,000,000 deal with Universal. The group is comprised of ten local residents and include the lobsterman of the village as well as author, Jon Cleave. They sing every Friday and begin at 'around' 8 O' clock.
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