February 19th, 2010

Holidays in Torbay – The English Riviera

by Don

Torbay is also known as the English Riviera, and there’s a very good reason for it. The south coast of England is already warm and sunny, and Torbay enjoys a position that is not only sheltered from wind, but also catches the sun perfectly. It’s situated at just the right distance between Dartmoor and the sea to form its own little micro climate, getting less rain fall than other places in Devon.

Because of this, it’s no wonder that over a million holiday makers visit the area each year, staying in Brixham, Torquay or Paignton, and making the most of the wonderful weather. The ever popular UK caravan park is a big contender for holiday accommodation in the area, probably because the large, open fields that are used for the sites act as excellent sun traps.

The three towns all have plenty to do, so you’ll never run out of activities regardless of the duration of your stay. Paignton Zoo is one of the big ones, and animals both large and small are always a hit with kids and grown-ups alike. Recently, they opened up their crocodile swamp, where you can watch some of the world’s most dangerous predators from the safety of overhanging walkways. If you’d like to take some inspiration from the crocs though, Torbay also has plenty of beaches nearby where you too can laze in the sun.

The bay itself is a great place for a day out with its sea front restaurants, fish markets and various boating trips. Walking along it, or catching a boat from one side to the other, will let you take in all the sights and sounds of this beautiful area and get a real feel for the way of life that’s been going on here for centuries.

There’s plenty more to discover in Torbay, and the best way to so that is to visit the area yourself. If you do, you’re sure to realise why it’s one of the most popular destinations for Devon holidays.

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