Torquay is a seaside resort town on the English Channel in Devon, South West England. Known for beaches such as Babbacombe and cliffside Oddicombe, its coastline is nicknamed the English Riviera.
Oddicombe beach has won a number of awards including the much sought-after Blue Flag Award, the Quality Coast Award and is featured in the Good Beach Guide. If you’re bringing little ones to Oddicombe beach, you can be sure that the waters are clean and there are safe shallows for them to play in.
East of Torquay lies Babbacombe Beach. A beautiful arc of shingle beach, this unspoilt coastline is a haven of tranquillity, gorgeous views and calm, clean waters where you can relax and soak up the atmosphere. The hillside behind Babbacombe Beach is thick with woodland and if you have the energy, walk up the steep slope to Babbacombe Downs and Gardens.
The Harbour near the town centre offers shops, cafes and a marina. Torre Abbey, a monastery founded in 1196, has art galleries and extensive gardens featuring plants from local native Agatha Christie’s novels.
Torquay knows how to cater for everyone’s tastes, and it certainly knows how to party, too. For water sports, fishing and sailing Torquay has a fabulous choice of beaches, while the evenings provide fine dining, theatre, cinema and star studded shows for all the family.