One of the most picturesque areas in the entire county, Salcombe is a great holiday hot-spot for anyone looking to visit Devon. Popular with people looking to enjoy sailing and boating around the coast of the South West while on holiday in South Devon, Salcombe harbour is always full of fishing boats as well as pleasure vessels of locals and those from further-afield. With the naturally sheltered harbour and large waterfront, there are a number of fishermen who return their catch of fish and crabs to the harbour allowing you to purchase the fresh produce every morning. Surrounding the harbour you’ll find a number of cafés and galleries showcasing the work of local artists and craftsmen.
There are many great restaurants intertwined in Salcombe’s narrow streets serving fresh local produce. Overlooking Salcombe Estuary, dickandwills waterside brassiere and bar serves a menu complimenting the seasonal availability of local foods. For the best breakfast in Salcombe be sure to visit Captain Morgan’s but make sure you get there early as it’s that popular a queue has been known to form!
The magnificent sandy beaches in the area are ideal spots for you to take in the sun and enjoy paddling in the calm blue waters of the Kingsbridge estuary. The waters surrounding Salcombe are world renowned as a location for sailing and yachting. There are plenty of chances to get to grips with sailing, as a number of local instructors will be happy to show you the ropes and surf schools nearby will also allow even the most novice of wave-riders to enjoy the sport that brings so many people to the South West each year.
For the thrill seekers, take a visit to Salcombe Sea-N-Shore where they have water skiing, wakeboarding and powerboating available. The sea around Salcombe is full of marine life and Sea-N-Shore offer a Sea Safari Wildlife Tour so you get up close and personal with seals and dolphins.
The magnificent sandy beaches in the area are ideal spots for you to take in the sun
The South West Coast Path passes through Salcombe and has one of the entire route’s most spectacular walks known as the Salcombe to Bolt Head walk which stretches 3 miles through tropical wonderland of plants including palms and banana trees. Much of the land is owned by the National Trust and is well maintained. En route, why not stop in Overbeck’s, the former home of eccentric scientist Otto Overbeck. Explore the magnificent sub tropical gardens that are home to a collection of rare and unusual plants. Then step inside the Edwardian House and view the museum housing much of Overbeck’s art and natural history collection.