The distinctive palm trees, the harbour full of yachts and the wide sandy beaches may give this town a distinct Mediterranean feel, but Torquay, on the south coast of Devon, is every inch the traditional English seaside resort. Famous as the setting for classic TV comedy Fawlty Towers and as the childhood home of the best-selling novelist of all time, Agatha Christie, Torquay remains a hotspot on the UK holiday map and the jewel of the English Riviera.
From the train station, Torbay Road sweeps around the bay offering lovely views of the sea before reaching the hustle and bustle of the harbour and the town's main shopping streets. Treat yourself to an ice cream or a cuppa in a seafront cafe, tuck into traditional fish and chips or enjoy the catch of the day, cooked to perfection in a local seafood restaurant.
If you're looking to get out onto the water, there's a wide range of day trips, tours and water sports to choose from. Whether you want a leisurely trip across the bay or fancy getting a bit more active with paddleboarding, diving, sailing or kayaking, head to the harbour to book your adventure.
Back on dry land, you can make the most of the outdoors by taking a turn in the Royal Terrace Gardens - known locally as Rock Walk - or along the South West Coast Path and Agatha Christie Mile. Even though the focus is on fun in the sun, Torquay is not short of indoor attractions.
Try exploring Kents Cavern, a fascinating prehistoric cave system, or discover all about the animals and habitats of British waters at the Living Coasts coastal zoo and aquarium.