Newquay has long had a reputation for being a little unrefined, but it has started to clean up its act in recent times with a higher calibre of hotels and eateries, and it’s looking all the better for it. The winning attractions of Newquay remain the beaches in and around it. On this stretch of North Cornwall’s wind-whipped coast, it’s well worth taking a walk and scaling hilly dunes to peer over the cliff edges at otherwise concealed coves and azure waters.
If you’re looking to get into those waters, surfing is the obvious modus operandi. Newquay is famous for its surf culture and Fistral, Towan and Tolcarne beaches, together with Watergate Bay just beyond, are all excellent spots to jump on a board. If you’d prefer to stay dry, head to the spectacular Bedruthan Steps. The stirring views of these imposing edifices can’t fail to leave you a little awed.