Our guide to Holidays in Torbay...
Torbay’s a sweeping bay on the South Devon coast that’s as loved for its sandy beaches as it is for its toasty microclimate. With the palm trees to prove it, Torbay enjoys the kind of weather that attracts families all year round, and it’s comprised of Torquay, Brixham and Paignton.
Torquay’s all about life on the English Riviera, with fluttering palms and a harbour full of bobbing boats that attract the eyes of those sipping drinks at the cafes on the shore. Paignton’s not only home to the best sand for making sandcastles in the UK (as proven by a bunch of students for reasons we’re not too sure of!), but it’s traditional green and Geo Play park mean it’s every inch the nostalgic seaside resort.
Brixham's working fishing port means its restaurants serve up some of the finest seafood in the region (if not the country actually), and with its replica Golden Hind in the harbour it still has all the character of a former smuggler’s haven and a working fishing port.
Don’t worry if you can’t quite choose which corner of the bay to visit, although each home to their very own character, Torquay, Paignton and Brixham are just a short ferry journey from one another, and it takes less than half an hour to cross the bay by car. If you’re happiest on foot, you can walk from town to town and take advantage of the sea views that have attracted visitors for centuries.