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holidaying in devon and the south coast of england

The English Riviera! If you're looking for a resort that enjoys a warmer, more temperate climate than the rest of the UK, then Devon is the natural choice for those seeking the best of the summer sun. Devon enjoys some of the longest coastal stretches in the UK. Famous for its cream tea, the county also lays claim to what many describe as the English Riviera at Torquay and Paignton, where an profusion of zoos, nature reserves, fun parks and first class golden beaches combine to make a memorable holiday experience. Cornwall may have its crags and cliffs, its coves and its stormy smuggler magic but Devon has serenity and sophistication as sharply defined as anywhere in Mediterranean. But it’s not all deckchairs and windbreaks by any means, as there’s also an abundance of wildlife, with over 200 sites of special scientific interest including nature reserves and more fauna and flora than an entire season of ‘Springwatch’. Visitors might also enjoy trips to Buckfast Abbey, Dartmoor Railway, Babbacombe Model Village, Dartmoor, Buckfast Abbey, Kents Cavern and the 80 acres of ancient woodland at Canonteign Falls.

Barnstaple ~ Holidays in Devon

A traditional market town in North Devon with a fantastic mixture of shops and restaurants. Barnstaple has been the major market for North Devon since Saxon times. Tired of the beach? Then well worth a visit ~ Barnstaple

Torquay ~ South Devon

Known nationally as the English Riviera Torquay is one of Devon's most fashionable and popular seaside resorts. Massively popular with singles and families, it has been one of the UK 's top holiday destinations since Victorian Times ~ Torquay

Exeter ~ North Devon

The Cathedral City of Exeter has excellent transport links with the M5 motorway and Exeter International Airport connecting the city both nationally and internationally. And if you enjoy the odd flutter, then put a day aside for Exeter Races ~ Exeter

Ilfracombe ~ North Devon

South Devon might grab the headlines but its is North Devon that turns the heads. Picturesque seaside-resort famous for its rugged terrain and historic harbour. Ilfracombe stretches from Hele Bay in the East to Lee Bay in the West ~ Ilfracombe

Paignton ~ South Devon

Nestled between Torquay in Devon's English Riviera region Paignton has been welcoming families to its long and gentle beaches for decades. Kids will love the generous, placid sands at Goodrington ~ Paignton

Bideford ~ North Devon

Bideford is a little pastel coloured port town on the estuary of the River Torridge in North Devon. Like Barnstaple Bideford boasts a Pannier market with its own Butchers Row where local farm produce and craft stalls make for a terrific browsing experience ~ Bideford

Sidmouth ~ East Devon

Sidmouth's broad esplanade has been a popular seafront draw since Regency times. Lying at the mouth of the River Sid in a secluded valley the town is respected as the Gateway to the Jurassic Coast. Fossils galore ~ Sidmouth

Plymouth ~ South Devon

The Hoe is massively popular with all manner of water enthusiasts. The Fastnet yacht race ends here. Plymouth Hoe is the place Sir Francis Drake completed his game of bowls before defeating the Spanish Armada ~ Plymouth

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