Torbay and the English Riviera – at times – a tropical dream holiday without the long-haul flights, costly/worrisome travel, mosquitoes and other weird bitey critters and sticky nights of still and humid non-moving air (though with our recently good spell of weather the Bay is perhaps not quite so many miles from the tropical beaches of the Bahamas or deepest darkest African jungle as one might imagine!). There is certainly an equal amount of exploration/discovery opportunities in Torbay as you’d find abroad, whether it be wonderful, magical scenery or the study of the unusual habits of the local natives that you seek.
Picture it… No more whirring and clicking of slightly unbalanced ceiling fans – an aid to a good night’s sleep in those hotter climes – nor the constant whoosh of the air conditioner – great by day but both helps you to sleep at night and also wakes you up with frostbite in the early hours. No more worrying about whether you can eat the salad… whether it was washed or not – either a possibly dodgy option- nor spending hours in airports scowling and tutting at others as their kids run riot, your angels sitting quietly only after threats of being left at the airport if they don’t behave! … oh wait… 10 reasons to visit Torquay not 10 reasons not to travel abroad… I digress!…
Top reasons to visit Torquay (a big part of Torbay) – palm trees, ice cream, cream tea, beach huts, sea swims or burying Grandad in the sand, perhaps… or maybe the parks, gardens, cliff walks, sea views or beaches and coves there are to explore. With its mild climate and a sheltered Bay the possibilities for visitors and holidaymakers to Torquay and the Bay are endless, whether for a family holiday in the UK, a stop-over for cliff walkers or those in search of themed or package holidays.
Torquay’s proximity to Paignton and Brixham – themselves very picturesque and desirable holiday spots – but also to Dartmouth, Totnes, Exeter and Plymouth, mean it’s in easy reach of a number of wonderful holiday areas and the benefits of attractions and sights that make all of these places popular holiday destinations.
Now to the top ten reasons to visit Torquay… in my humble opinion:
- 22 miles of coastline with cliffs to walk and 19 or so beaches and coves to explore
- Spectacular views across Torbay and out to sea
- A palm-lined promenade for romantic evening strolls and home to the Princess Theatre for those wishing to take in a show
- Pavement cafes, pubs and restaurants galore – from Pizza Express and similarly well known chains to the more Torquay based Alberts Bar, Hanburys award winning fish and chips and Aztec Bistro
- An endless array of seaside activities and water sports to enjoy (surf, swim, fish, sail, hire a kayak or pedalo, go rock-pooling, build sandcastles or study the natural wildlife).
- Hundreds of attractions in and around the area – Prehistoric caves at Kents Cavern, Babbacombe model village, Paignton Zoo Environmental Park, Becky Falls, Dartmoor – to mention but a few!
(Local attractions discount scheme for TLH Leisure Resort guests)
- A bustling shopping centre
- Busy, picturesque harbor and harbourside
- Plenty of accommodation and holiday packages to suit every budget, be it a B&B, 2/3* or higher hotel or leisure resort you are after
- Festivals, carnivals, fetes and fairs – including such things as Agatha Christie Festival, Torbay Carnival, Paignton regatta or Paignton Bike Festival, all events that often include spectacular fireworks and often the wonderful sight of the Red Arrows display team.
Whether to re-live fond memories of family holidays past, to build new memories with your own children on a family holiday or perhaps a romantic getaway, Spa break or other specialist break and countless holiday packages consider Torquay, it has so much to offer, any time of the year!