The Devon Riviera, composed of the vibrant towns of Paignton, Torquay, Brixham and Babbacombe has long been celebrated for its sunny climate and picturesque coastal beauty. Victorian travellers likened it to the French Riviera, and with its sheltered southerly aspect beneath the majestic Dartmoor uplands, it truly earns its reputation. Your hotel, ideally situated on the Paignton seafront, offers the perfect base for exploration, both inland and along the captivating coastline.
Paignton, with its Victorian pier, sandy beaches, and iconic beach huts, serves as a delightful introduction to the charm of the Devon Riviera. Further along the meandering River Dart, Dartmouth and Totnes beckon with individual shops, galleries, and cafes set against the backdrop of wooded landscapes.
Designated as a Global Geopark by UNESCO in 2007, the Devon Riviera stands as a testament to the unique geological features of this coastal region. This recognition places it among only eight Geoparks in the UK and 140 worldwide.
The Tor Bay coastal strip, stretching from Brixham to Torquay and extending to the untamed terrain of Dartmoor, boasts one of the UK's best sunshine records. A popular resort area since Victorian times, the English Riviera is not only renowned as the birthplace of the famed crime writer Agatha Christie but has also inspired literary greats like Oscar Wilde, Mary Shelley, and George Bernard Shaw.
As you explore this beautiful region, you'll discover that few experiences rival a leisurely stroll along Devon's sea cliffs. With birdlife soaring overhead and sweeping coastal views, each walk promises to be a rewarding journey through the captivating landscapes of the Devon Riviera.