Devon Holidays

Devon is one of the largest counties in England and has been a popular destination for holiday breaks since the arrival of Great Western Railways in the nineteenth century.
The most popular area for tourists is Torbay in South Devon. Located on the South Coast it has good beaches nestled into rolling green countryside Sometimes described as the English Riviera, this area has been settled for thousands of years as evidenced in Kents Cavern a geological and historical attraction. During the 19th century it became fashionable for people to visit the seaside and bathe. This transformed the Torbay area as small fishing villages suddenly developed hotels, theatres and restaurants to cater for the thousands of visitors that were attracted by the warm climate and beautiful surroundings. Although the popularity of UK holidays were diminished by the development of package holidays and cheap flights, Torbay remains a popular area with Torquay, Paignton and Brixham still attracting large numbers of visitors. Torbay has a number of tourist attractions, shops, restaurants, bars and a theatre that will keep you entertained.
Other areas of Devon, such as the East coast also developed resorts during the Victorian period such as Exmouth and Sidmouth, although not on such a large scale. The East coast of Devon, towards Dorset has a dramatic coastline often referred to as the Jurassic coast as it is the location for a large number of significant fossil finds. It is also a beautiful area with a lovely relaxed atmosphere.
Not to be overlooked is the North Coast of Devon which has some spectacular scenery and coastline. The largest resort in North Devon is Ilfracombe which is set amongst a rocky outcrop and visitors can access the beach by tunnels created through the cliff. Other popular holiday areas of the North coast include the fantastic sandy beaches near Croyde and Braunton. Also on the North coast is Clovelly, deservedly one of the most visited villages in Devon. This car-free village, with a narrow cobbled street, set on a downward hill towards the small harbour has been wonderfully preserved as a traditional fishing village that delights all who see it.
Devon is not just about the coast. It also has two National Parks, Dartmoor and Exmoor the latter being shared with neighbouring Somerset. Dartmoor is the more rugged of the parks featuring a stunning moor-land landscape, with hills punctuated by rocky outcrops, popular for hiking, climbing and other outdoor activities.
If the thought of these activities sounds too strenuous, Devon also has a large number of holiday cottages spread throughout the county, some of which are traditional thatched buildings in ancient villages and towns where you can relax and recharge your batteries. The area around Salcombe in particular is very popular for cottage holidays with beautiful river and coastal scenery.
There are also lots of places to explore, such as Exeter, the county town with a beautiful cathedral and historic quay or Dartmouth which has some wonderfully preserved buildings. Plymouth is the largest city in Devon and also well worth visiting to see the Barbican and Plymouth Hoe with the enviable sea views across Plymouth Sound.
If you are looking for a destination for a holiday break, then Devon has a lot to offer whatever type of holiday you are seeking. Devon.net advertise a full range of Hotels, Holiday Cottages , Caravan Parks and Holiday Lodges.


Plymouth

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Clovelly

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