Newquay is Cornwall’s premier holiday resort, boasting some of the finest coastline in Europe and no less than eleven beaches! Although well known as Britain’s surfing capital, there are many other activities to enjoy and the surrounding countryside has a wealth of places to visit.
The town is an ancient one – the ‘new quay’ from which it takes its name dates from the fifteenth century, when it was known as ‘Towan Blystra’. Newquay offers wonderful beach and cliff walks, a picturesque harbour and the variety of activities one associates with such a large resort, including golf, squash, tennis, putting, bowls, surfing and even shark fishing!
There are also hidden coves and atmospheric smugglers’ pubs which are a living reminder of the more colourful aspects of Cornwall’s history.
We use the Eliot Hotel, a Leisureplex hotel.
With such a good selection of High Street and local stores, shopping is a pleasure in Newquay. Bank Street, Newquay’s main high street, is mostly pedestrianised, with interesting alleyways yielding little antique and craft shops. There is also a great variety of tea shops, cafés and friendly pubs.
Beaches and Gardens
Newquay’s beaches are amongst the best in Europe. Tolcarne and Great Western are the most popular family beaches, with safe bathing and soft golden sands. Fistral beach, which is almost a mile long, is a surfer’s paradise and many international competitions are held here each year. Just five minutes from the town centre lies the superb Trenance Gardens; 26 acres of lush sub-tropical colour which incorporates the zoo, miniature railway, boating lake and lakeside café.