Located along the North Devon coast in a designated area of ‘Outstanding Natural Beauty’, Croyde is a picturesque village that retains much of its old-world charm; with some properties dating back to the 17th century. Croyde’s pretty buildings are brimming with character and many still feature traditional thatched roofs. The village is a friendly location with pubs and café’s nearby and a range of surf and craft shops.
In recent years, Croyde has become a haven for surfers and with a wonderful selection of beaches to choose from, it's the ultimate place to experience great waves. Croyde Bay is the closest to the village but Woolacombe Bay and Saunton Sands are only a short drive away and well worth a visit while on holiday in Croyde with the two of the three making the top 25 beaches in the UK. Surf schools are prominent along all three beaches and it’s hard to think of a better place in the world to learn to surf.
Aside from surfing, a range of outdoor activities can also be enjoyed (check out our things to do guide!). Coasteering has become a popular choice and for the seasoned walker a trek along 'Baggy Point' offers the most incredible views out to Bideford Bay and the Taw and Torridge estuary. If the weather does take a turn for the worse, you can still go for a swim in Cascades Tropical Adventure Pool with rapids and a 230ft flume. There is still plenty to do if it’s raining with some of the best attractions in the county being found in the north of the county including The Big Sheep and The Milky Way.
The nearby villages have nearly as much character as Croyde with Braunton just around the corner, one of the largest villages in the UK. While in Braunton you must enjoy Squire’s award winning fish and chips then head to Braunton Burrows for stunning views over the River Taw. You’ll also find great food in the neighbouring village of Georgeham with both The Kings Arms and The Rock Inn earning rave reviews.
a trek along 'Baggy Point' offers the most incredible views
Croyde Deckchair Cinema is a unique way to enjoy some of the latest film releases. Croyde Village Hall is converted into a cinema with the seating being provided in deck chairs (hence the name). Fully licensed you can grab a drink and popcorn providing the authentic cinema experience.
Every June Croyde is home to GoldCoast Oceanfest, an annual surf and music festival. Famous artists descend on the town and perform on the distinctive beachside stage. It’s not just the music with some great water and beach sports taking place over the course of the weekend, making for a great time to take a holiday in Croyde.