I know I’m not alone when I say that if I see one gorgeous photo of a spot in Cornwall, the next day I’m heading straight there! That was very much the case with Prussia Cove; after seeing a photo of the crystal waters on this secluded cove, it was straight to the drawing board and an itinerary was made.
Prussia Cove is on the southern coast of Western Cornwall, not too far from Penzance. The cove is relatively easy to get to, follow your sat nav and it’ll guide you through the small hamlets and lanes and you’ll end at a dead end in a small car park. The car park is small so if you’re travelling as a group, squeeze as many in to one vehicle as possible to not take up too much room! Stop off, grab everything you will need and follow the rocky path down, it forks off at the bottom to lead you either way around the cove but do both, see it from both sides! Either way leads you to the water where you can hop in and go for a swim or just sit upon a rock and bask in the beauty.
In one direction, you will find yourself at ‘Bessys Cove’ where we sat upon, there’s some beautiful old barns around and following the coast you can do the coastal path walk up to Perranthunoe. The other leads you through the estate with the very grand buildings and leads you to the official Prussia Cove with a small beach. The coastal path in this direction will lead you to Praa Sands.
I was extremely under prepared for this visit! Everyone there had their wetsuits, swimmers and snorkel gear to explore the clear waters and I was so jealous that I couldn’t just dive straight in. This seems to be a hot spot for exploring under the water so if that’s your thing, this is where you need to be! There’s not a lush sandy beach here like other coves so sunbathing is on flat rocks, arguably better so there’s no sand getting in places!
It’s very obvious when visiting here that there is huge history in these coves. Prussia was once home to the Carter family, three brothers who were known for being very good 18th century smugglers of contraband from Brittany. The Porth-En-Alls grand house is now used as beautiful wedding venture as well of holiday apartments and hosting other events. Imagine the wedding photos here – dreamy!
Have I convinced you to put Prussia Cove and its surrounding coves on your Cornish bucket list?