Coastal continental chic in the heart of South Devon, Torquay is a must-visit destination for travellers young and old. A beautiful resort combining Victorian styling and modern-day amenities, Torquay offers Mediterranean inspired gardens, traditional shops and thriving restaurants. There’s even the 60 metre high “English Riviera Wheel” if you fancy a thrilling bird’s eye view of the bustling harbour and surrounding land and ocean – either by daylight or twinkling evening illuminations.
A major seaside resort since post-war promotion by the Great Western Railway Company and its television connection with the unforgettable Fawlty Towers, Torbay now boasts myriad activities for all ages. Whether you want to meander quietly along the promenade or around Torre Abbey’s formal gardens; climb up to the viewpoints amid the iconic palm trees and red cliffs; or head towards one of the nearby geological or wildlife tourist attractions, there’s something for everyone here.
The coastline offers ancient caves that have been inhabited for thousands of years and Kents Cavern is an exceptional offering brimming with archaeological heritage. A short stroll away is Meadfoot beach – perfect for a paddle! Then, just down the road is Babbacombe with its Cliff Railway, Model Village and award-winning theatre.
Along the shore lies Living Coasts, an innovative coastal zoo and aquarium set in a naturalistic environment. Here, you can get up close to a whole host of marine life from penguins and otters to fish and rays. While Torquay benefits from a year-round mild microclimate, these are just two of the activities that provide rainy-day relief.
Not only does the vibrancy of Torquay with its sensational beaches and marina deliver the continental charm that has attracted visitors for 70 years, but its restaurants provide a true flavour of West Country cuisine and provide stiff competition for Dartmouth’s foodie fame.
Love Cottages can help you find the perfect Torquay holiday cottage for your next jaunt to the English Riviera.