The English Riviera, a family favourite holiday destination made up of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham, stretches 22 miles along the stunning South Devon coastline. Famous for its blue seas and palm trees lining the shore you will be forgiven for thinking that you’ve left the UK. With stunning beaches, quaint harbours and quirky coves, the mild climate and sub-tropical plants give the English Riviera an almost Mediterranean feel.
Torquay enjoys a rich history, stunning beach, Mediterranean style palm trees, elegant Victorian architecture, as well as being the birthplace of the famous crime writer Agatha Christie. With its sheltered horseshoe-shaped bay, Torquay is the perfect place to enjoy a number of different water sports, including windsurfing, water skiing and scuba diving. For those that prefer to explore a slightly less active Torquay, with stunning views across to Brixham and Berry Head go up to the Royal Terrace Gardens, if you go over at night you can see the magnificent new illuminated staircase.
If you want some serious family themed fun head over to Paignton. Family friendly attractions like Paignton Zoo, with savannah, wetland and tropical forest to explore, or multiple sandy beaches along the coast means children will be kept entertained for hours. Paignton is a haven for activity and the nightlife is no exception. Award-winning restaurants, cafés and pubs come alive after dark with a selection of menus to choose from; or for the drama fanatics, Palace Theatre offers a mixture of amateur and professional live shows to suit all ages.
A boat lover’s delight would be a visit to Brixham, this busy fishing town in the English Riviera is centred on its harbour. With a beautiful marina to stroll down, rows of yachts to admire and then continuing half a mile along Breakwater Beach down to the lighthouse you have plenty to explore. During the summer months Brixham is filled with old sea dogs wanting to delight visiting children with their stories and puppet shows. With a history full of pirates and smugglers the town holds Pirate Days to celebrate their heritage.
The English Riviera isn’t just a holiday destination for families; there are many intimate spots perfect for that romantic retreat
The English Riviera isn’t just a holiday destination for families; there are many intimate spots perfect for that romantic retreat. Explore the local area in the moonlight, take in the stunning scenery on one of the boat rides from Brixham Marina or spend magical evenings in the many romantic restaurants in Paignton. The English Riviera really does have something for everyone.
Offering a cosmopolitan café culture feel in Devon, there’s an amazing nine beaches to explore within this romantic and family friendly location so why not have a look at what accommodation we can offer in this area from local family run hotels to cosy country cottages.