Famous for its palm trees and enviable micro-climate, the English Riviera is the name given to the 22 miles of exceptional coastline between Torquay, Paignton and Brixham on the South Devon coast. The area’s dramatic landscape, stunning scenery and rich cultural heritage is of unique geological interest and has received designated UNESCO Global Geopark status, one of only seven Geoparks in the UK and 140 in the entire world.
Voted one of the top seaside holiday destinations in the country, explore the English Riviera’s 20 beautiful beaches with 10 having received prestigious national awards. The fantastic crystal-clear waters, wide stretches of red sand and gentle sloping tidal beaches are very safe for sea swimming and perfect for families with young children. The calm, sheltered waters are great for a spot of mackerel fishing on a chartered boat, a leisurely trip across the Bay on one of the ferry boats or a wildlife and sunset cruise.
The area is an ideal dog friendly base for exploring South Devon’s beautiful countryside and the stunning coastline forms part of the South West Coast Path. Set around a large horseshoe shaped bay and protected by low hills this is a great place for some soft adventure and water sports. The flat seafront promenades, winding coastal roads and downhill descents are perfect for cycling and walking. From long sandy beach walks to quiet picnic spots, secret coves for rock pooling, crabbing, snorkelling and coasteering the English Riviera has plenty to offer.
Torquay is the birthplace of the world’s bestselling female author and ‘Queen of Crime’, Agatha Christie. Follow in her footsteps by taking the ‘Agatha Christie Mile’ or visit her idyllic holiday home, Greenway on the banks of the River Dart.
The English Riviera has many year-round award-winning indoor and outdoor attractions that are popular with all ages. If you love animals and wildlife visit Paignton Zoo, a world class wildlife conservation park and Living Coasts, an aquarium and coastal zoo. There are three distinct museums, one of Europe’s top Stone Age Caves at Kents Cavern, a full-sized replica of Sir Francis Drake’s Golden Hind ship and so much to explore
Known as England’s Seafood Coast, the English Riviera has gained a world class reputation for its exceptionally high standard of fresh local fish and seafood, landed at the famous, Brixham Fish Market. Discover the finest selection of Michelin-starred independent restaurants working alongside well-known national brands. Award-winning chefs serve high quality, locally sourced produce with the Mediterranean-style climate providing the perfect backdrop for some alfresco dining and cocktail sundowners.
Getting about couldn’t be easier with an open-top sightseeing double decker bus, Torquay’s Land Train, the charming Babbacombe Cliff Railway or famous steam train offering a coastal service from Paignton to Kingswear. The delightful horse-drawn carriage ride through the picturesque village of Cockington with its quaint thatched cottages and tea rooms, serving delicious Devon Cream Teas and local produce is a must for all visitors.
For further information please visit: www.englishriviera.co.uk
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