Paignton is one of the premier destinations on the English Riviera, and is famous for its sandy beaches, warm waters and traditional seaside Promenade. Paignton has been a popular resort since Victorian times. The grand pier, built in 1879, is set in the middle of one of Torbay's best beaches and is within easy walking distance of the town centre, transport and parking facilities.
Paignton is one of many beaches on the English Riviera that carries the prestigious ‘Blue Flag' award, meaning that the beach is clean and the water unpolluted and safe to swim in. The beach is fronted by a long promenade, and the shallow water makes it ideal for paddling and swimming. Pedaloes and boats are available to charter and there is plenty of room for just stretching out and lazing in the sun. Because of its sheltered position on the south coast of Devon, Paignton enjoys a clement climate for much of the year making it an ideal beach holiday location for families.
Paignton has been a resort for over 160 years, and as such has a wide variety of accommodation available, from luxury hotels, self-catering apartments and homely B&B's. Because of the tight-knit layout of the town, nearly all the hotels and other accommodation are close to the beach, with many having panoramic sea views across the stunning bay. Prices range from the reasonable to the extravagant, depending on the facilities and star rating of the hotel.
For more independent visitors, there is plenty of self-catering accommodation available and the close proximity of the thriving town centre means provisions are easily available. However, if you fancy leaving the cooking to someone else for the evening, Paignton also boasts a wide range of restaurants, many specialising in seafood dishes. Brixham is only a few miles down the coast, which means you can be sure that the fish is as fresh as it can possibly be. Devon has a superb reputation for fresh produce, and many restaurateurs take great pride in sourcing as many of their ingredients locally.