Situated along the coast of South Devon, the large bay of Torbay is overlooked by the three towns of Torquay, Paignton, and Brixham. Often known as the English Riviera, Torbay is a well-loved and appealing tourist destination that has been welcoming visitors from all over the World for well over 100 years, and it really doesn’t disappoint.
Torbay is an area of contrasts, providing fabulous opportunities for a great holiday experience. The three towns have their own individual characters, quite different from one another, and within each one there is a multitude of things to see and do, and a very impressive array of accommodations and places to eat and drink at.
Beautiful and interesting at any time of year, with relatively temperate weather, Torbay can provide anything from a ‘bucket and spade’ holiday to a culturally enriching experience, and even in the peak season there is no shortage of space for everyone to find their own piece of holiday bliss.
Torbay also has the status of being a Global Geopark thanks to its incredible geological tale, something that visitors can very much enjoy in a variety of different ways.
Quite different from the more traditional seaside resorts of Torquay and Paignton, Brixham is a town that has evolved almost entirely around its fishing industry. Unsurprisingly with a trade that can prove so challenging, Brixham’s close knit community takes care of itself very well. However, the locals are also very keen to share their fascinating heritage and beautiful town with visitors from near and far away.
Sometimes considered the slightly less attractive sibling of Torquay, the town of Paignton still has a great deal of charm and character that will appeal to visitors looking to discover a typically English seaside resort. Well known for its colourful beach huts, the steam railway that runs from here along the coast, and the fabulous Paignton Zoo, Paignton is a real winner for many tourists.
Since 1848, when the railway first came to town, Torquay has been a popular and vibrant seaside town, and a great all year-round destination. Built over seven hills, this good sized and grand resort offers has many different areas to it that each warrant exploration, either by car, public transport or on foot.