Torbay is a large bay on Devon's south coast. Overlooking its clear blue waters from their vantage points along the bay are three towns: Paignton, Torquay and Brixham. The bays ancient flood plain ends where it meets the steep hills of the South Hams. These hills act as suntrap, allowing the bay to luxuriate in its own warm microclimate. It is the bays golden sands and rare propensity for fine weather that has led to the bay and its seaside towns being named the English Riviera.
Brixham sweeps down from the rocky cliffs at Torbay's southern reaches. Fishing is still the primary industry of the Town and has been for over 900 years. Crabbers and Beamers cast off from its harbour on a daily basis, and this is the place to be if you are looking to explore an authentic fishing port and find great seafood.
Paighnton adorns the centre of the bay. The beauty of the golden beaches with their safe bathing and the many family based attractions and facilities make this the place to head for those travelling with children.
Torquay is the most northerly of Torbay's towns. It blossomed in the 19th century when it became famous as a health resort. Today its marinas, restaurants, wine bars and shops offer more contemporary attractions to visitors and locals alike.
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