The English Riviera

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The English Riviera is the destination of choice for many people who choose to holiday in the UK as it promises better weather and a more continental type climate that any other part of the United Kingdom. The area defined as the English Riviera spans a full twenty two miles of glorious, unspoilt coastline which takes in the pretty seaside towns of Torquay, Brixham and Paignton. People travel here to enjoy the beautiful coastal scenery, enjoy a whole host of family themed attractions and to make the most of the entertainment on offer all year round. One of the best ways to travel to the region is by train, as this part of the country offers the most scenic journey of all of the railway lines in the country. You can watch as the landscape change as you travel and notice that the cliffs take on the distinctive red colour the area is known for, and the trees and foliage become much more continental with native palms and other such varieties.

Photo by Barry Lewis
Photo by Barry Lewis

Things to See and Do

As you would expect from a coastal resort there are plenty of water based activities to get involved in, from fun land based waterslides and activity pools to taking to the sea and enjoying activities both on and under the waves. This is a great place to try your hand at some water sports, from wake boarding and wind surfing to scuba diving and snorkelling. The English Riviera is a destination that is immensely popular with families and you will find that there are plenty of family themed attractions to enjoy from boat trips to a day at the zoo. Entertainment activities on offer can be as diverse as music festivals to Agatha Christie murder mystery nights. It you want to make the most of the fresh air and amazing scenery, or simply enjoy some quiet time away from all of the organised attractions take yourself off on one of the many coastal pathways and cycle routes which will lead you to hidden coves and beautiful unspoilt parts of the coast.

Places to Visit

There are a number of different places to visit stretched out along the coastline of the Riviera, with each town offering something of its own. Take the children on a visit to the Global Geo Park sites and let them learn about the region’s drowned forests and the sabre tooth tigers that once lived in this part of the world. One activity that the whole family are certain to enjoy is a trip to Paignton Zoo. With thousands of animals from hundreds of different species, everyone is sure to find their favourite animal here. Learn more about your favourite animals at keeper talks and take in an animal display or two. If all of this sounds like too much activity you could always make the most of the beautiful beaches on offer right along the coastline and the excellent bars and restaurants along the seafront and in the waterside areas of the Riviera.

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