A guide toTorquay and the surrounding area
One of three beautiful towns forming the sheltered Tor Bay, Torquay is renowned for its warm climate, clear bathing waters and clean air. The local beaches form a golden arc around the bay with shingle coves scattered nearby.
Torquay became fashionable for Naval officers and other affluent families during the first half of the 19th Century, which prompted the building of many large stylish villas and exclusive hotels. Today, Torquay is well served with direct rail links and by road via the A380 to the major cities of Exeter (22 miles) and Plymouth (38 miles).
The town provides a wonderful quality of life for its residents with excellent shopping, waterside restaurants, a theatre and bars. Internationally renowned water sports are held in the sheltered deep water bay, with the marina providing excellent mooring facilities for luxury yachts and small motor cruises. The area has many scenic walks along South Devon's Jurassic coastal footpaths and there are a number of local golf courses within close reach. A short distance to the north is the magnificent Dartmoor National Park.