Newquay Harbour - a peaceful haven and the town's best kept secret - nestles under the cliffs where it is sheltered from the prevailing westery wind. This picturesque and historic port also gave the town its name when, in 1439, permission was given to improve the natural cove in the settlement known as Towan Blystra by the building of a new quay.
To see what's happening in Newquay Harbour, click Newquay Harbour EventsToday Newquay harbour remains a busy anchorage with a small fishing fleet which works alongside skippers offering leisure trips. At the kiosks within the harbour you can book half or whole day fishing trips, heart pumping powerboat rides or for those seeking a gentler experience a pleasure boat trip around the beautiful Newquay Bay.
The North and South Quays offer plenty of seating to relax and watch harbour life. It's always satisfying watching other people work while you are enjoying your own well-earned holiday!
From the Harbour walls, the views are stunning and they are an excellent vantage point to watch the pilot gigs race or crews practice every evening, bar Saturday.
See photos the 2013 operationA telltale sign that Easter is fast approaching is when a huge yellow crane trundles its way to the harbour to lift Newquay's fleet of pleasure, private and fishing boats back into the water.