Devon holidays have a long history and from the heydays of the 1950s right up to today, holidaymakers travel from all corners of Britain to enjoy the wonderful scenery, quiet pace of life and some of the country’s top seaside resorts.
Unspoilt East Devon is home to quaint seaside towns, ancient market towns and pretty villages. Its coastline is of such geological importance that 95 miles of it, stretching from Exmouth in Devon to Old Harry Rocks in Dorset, has been awarded World Heritage status and is best known as the ‘Jurassic Coast’.
The historic city of Exeter is full of heritage and culture and the city centre sits just a stone’s throw from the beautiful cathedral. Some of the best shopping in the south west can be found here, with distinct quarters appealing to shoppers of all tastes.
Visit the towns of Honiton, Ottery St Mary, Sidmouth, Seaton, Exmouth and Teignmouth, each with its own unique character and all set in Devon’s stunning landscape.
The English Riviera is made up of the three resort towns of Torquay, Paignton and pretty Brixham, where life is centred around the bustling harbour area. Famed for its palm trees and lush vegetation the area has a micro climate all of its own, making it the perfect destination for summer holidays.
South Devon spans the coastline from Plymouth to Exeter and stretches inland to the southern reaches of Dartmoor National Park. The coast is characterized by beautiful river estuaries and valleys – perfect for walking and exploring. Local produce features high on the menus of South Devon’s cafés and restaurants, and no Devon holiday would be complete with at least one Devon Cream Tea!
An area known as the South Hams encompasses the six towns of Dartmouth, Kingsbury, Salcombe, Totnes, Ivybridge and Modbury. Much of the area has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and more than 30 square miles cover Sites of Special Scientific Interest.
Plymouth is a vibrant waterfront destination with a maritime history of epic proportions. Walk in the footsteps of the Pilgrim Fathers and Sir Frances Drake on the historic Barbican; discover Plymouth’s past and her treasures at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery; and stand on the famous Plymouth Hoe for spectacular views over the sea.
Dartmoor National Park is 368 square miles of heath and granite that offers visitors a wilderness experience that is unique in the UK. Stop off at Buckfastleigh with its fascinating Buckfast Abbey; visit Widecombe in the Moor, immortalised in the song ‘Uncle Tom Cobley’; or wander around the pretty cob village of Bovey Tracey, home of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen.
The North Devon coastline has beaches that vary from small coves to family favourites and some of the best surfing destinations in the UK. Exmoor is home to red deer, rare butterflies, birds of prey and, of course, the famous Exmoor ponies. Visit the coastal towns of Lynton and Lynmouth, Ilfracombe, Woolacombe or head for historic Barnstaple or the attractive town of Bideford.
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