Mini guide to Newquay
Newquay, a popular and beautiful resort town on Cornwall's southwest coast,
is renowned for its pristine golden beaches and surfable waves.
The beaches are Newquay's main attractions, and visitors come to soak up the
sun, enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the seaside, enjoy a chilled drink while
taking in the sunset, and to ride the waves. Fistral Beach directly faces the
Atlantic and therefore is one of the few places in Britain that has decent surfing
Newquay Zoo is a wonderful alternative to the beach. There is a Tropical House
that is home to many exotic and endangered reptiles and insects, alternatively,
if you want to discover life beneath the ocean's waves, The Blue Reef Aquarium
on Towan Promenade brings the Atlantic on-shore with a fascinating slice of
life in the sea.
For a day out, drive to the town of Tintagel, an enchanting place steeped in
history. King Arthur was a Cornishman, and so was Merlin, the famous magician
who still casts a spell over all who stand on the battlements at Tintagel.
Within walking distance of the Newquay's central beaches are cafés or
tearooms where you can enjoy Cornwall's famous clotted cream scones. For something
a little heartier, Newquay's fine restaurants not only offer superb seafood
caught daily but also cuisines from around the world. For those parched rather
than hungry, there are several pubs in the town centre alone, many of which
are open all day, and most selling West Country beers and cider.
To get to Newquay by car, follow the M5 to Exeter then take the A30 Expressway
to within seven miles of Newquay. More convenient are the trains that leave
London's Paddington station daily for Newquay, via Plymouth (duration: 6 hours).
Selection of hotels in this region:
Watergate Bay Hotel
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full list of hotels and online booking