Porthpean means “Little Cove” in the Cornish language.
In ancient times it was a thriving fishing port, with fish cellars and a malthouse although now it is best known for its safe bathing beach, with shop and toilets. It has an old village square and lovely church, a sailing club, a golf club and a croquet club. Porthpean Outdoor Centre is widely used by Cornish Schools.
Above Porthpean is St. Austell Community Hospital and Mount Edgcumbe Hospice. A local farmer has donated a piece of land just outside the Parish boundary for a Children’s Hospice, and building work is now well underway for “Little Harbour” which is scheduled to be opened in 2011.