Seaside Breaks: Beach Holidays on the English Riviera
The English Riviera on South Devon’s Beautiful Bay is an award winning coastal location, home to the famous crime writer Agatha Christie and a UNESCO-recognised Global Geopark, offering everything you need for a wonderful break.
Whatever the time of year an unrivalled choice of all weather attractions, glorious sandy beaches, stunning scenery and world-class food and drink await you. There is a vibrant calendar of events and festivals for everyone to enjoy plus a large choice of accommodation to choose from. 2013 is a year of celebration with anniversary events and celebrations taking place across the bay.
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Things to do
Christie & Geopark
Agatha Christie’s Riviera
Agatha Christie was born in Torquay. Follow the literary trail and discover the inspiration for so many of her famous books.
Greenway - Agatha Christie’s Holiday Home
For an unforgettable day out, take the vintage bus to Agatha Christie’s holiday home at Greenway.
Explore Kents Cavern, a world-famous prehistoric cave system where excavations uncovered the oldest remains of modern man.
Explore the Global Geopark
Great outdoor adventures include activities such as coasteering, hiking, canoeing and diving.
- Agatha Christie’s Riviera
Things to Do
Safe Sandy Beaches
22 sandy beaches and coves to explore, perfect for swimming and rock pooling.
Spot of Retail Therapy
If you are looking for some serious retail therapy we have a range of big-name department stores and smaller independent shops.
World Class Food and Drink
With a wide range of fresh tempting local produce you will be spoilt for choice! Seafood is our speciality.
English Riviera Events and Festivals
We have one of the most vibrant events and festivals programmes in the South West suitable for all ages.
- Safe Sandy Beaches
Paignton Zoo and Animal Wildlife Park
Spend a day exploring Paignton Zoo, home to 2,000 animals in six animal habitats plus some beautiful themed gardens.
Babbacombe Model Village
Marvel at a masterpiece of modelling and see the world in miniature from the past to present day. Witness the special 50th anniversary illuminations.
Become part of the story based on the experiences of smugglers travelling through time with a local smuggler as your guide.
An award-winning coastal zoo, home to a magnificent array of marine life from around the world. See penguins, puffins, fur seals, otters and much more.
- Paignton Zoo and Animal Wildlife Park
On the Water
Sailing on the English Riviera
Whether looking to experience sailing for the first time, undertake an RYA course or enjoy an adventure break, you can enjoy a unique sailing holiday.
Dive on a Global Geopark
Shore, wreck and deep dives available with an abundance of marine life to be seen including corals, sponges and sea-horses.
Heritage Boat Trips around the Bay
Sit back and enjoy South Devon’s Beautiful Bay aboard one of many boats offering trips across the Bay. If you’re lucky you might even get a glimpse of the wild dolphins and seals.
Canoe the Coves
Explore the coastline on canoes and kayaks available for hire and get up close to a range of marine and bird life.
- Sailing on the English Riviera
Award Winning Beaches
We have over 20 wonderful beaches, with clean and calm waters and winners of Quality Coast and Blue Flag awards.
Purple Flag Award Winner
For two years in a row Torquay has been given this coveted award which is only given to UK towns and cities that offer a clean, safe and enjoyable night out.
Award Winning Festivals
Includes the popular annual international Agatha Christie Festival held in September every year in Torquay.
Trip Advisor Travellers Choice Award Winner
Did you know that Torquay was voted 4th Best UK Destination in the Travellers Choice Awards in 2012.
- Award Winning Beaches