Torquay is a picturesque seaside town on the South Devon coast, nestled in a large bay known as ‘The English Riviera’, which takes its name after the year-round mild weather that this part of the country enjoys allowing palm trees to grow. Combined with the white Italian-style villas nestled in the hills, the trees lend the town a glamorous, Mediterranean feel.
Torquay has been a popular seaside resort since the Victorian times and remains so even today. Tourists are drawn by the sea, the area’s beautiful sandy beaches and the picturesque town center which make it an ideal place to relax and unwind. You can sunbathe on the beaches and go swimming, or if you are feeling more energetic, try some of the water sports on offer such as sailing or windsurfing. A change from the beach, the waterfront makes for a pleasant stroll with its gardens, palm-lined promenade, international marina and harbor.
For those who want to learn a bit more about local history, a visit to Torquay Museum is recommended. Here you can see displays of local history and archaeology as well as learn about the life of Agatha Christie, who was born and brought up here. Torquay Museum was founded in 1845 and is Devon’s oldest museum. It traces local history and includes galleries containing displays on Devon’s agricultural history, local archaeology, ancient Egypt and off course Agatha Christie. A short drive from Torquay is Dartmoor National Park, a wild and rugged area of natural beauty which is ideal for hiking and walking.
For those who need to recharge their batteries, there are plenty of charming pubs, restaurants and pavement cafes. Evening entertainment in the town includes theaters and nightclubs. Situated on the seafront overlooking the marina, The Princess Theatre hosts a wide range of productions including plays, operas, ballets, West End musicals and stand-up comedy.