Bustling with beach life and buzzing with Britishness, Torquay is the heart of the English Riviera. Bordered by verdant hills, the town is a mix of old and new. Pretty painted huts greet you beachside, while the international marina – most likely where you will arrive – is thriving with more urban life (and surprisingly, palm trees). Yet it is the quintessential and traditional seaside style why the English Torquay so. But banish all thoughts of an Agatha Christie-esque village (although she was born here and the town still retains a certain bygone era glamour. It even has the “Agatha Christie Murder Mile”, where you can discover the setting of some of her more famous books), Torquay has swapped its dusty image and revamped itself with Michelin-starred restaurants and mega-yachts.
Part of Torquay’s style revival has been due to the cuisine. Priding itself on sustainability, expect quirky twists on fish’n’chips and locally caught fresh fish from the many eateries galore. It even has a self-acclaimed “seafood coast” to offer its visitors, so foodies should be in their element.