Imagine a place where you can lose days watching the surf roll across turquoise waters and break onto one of many beaches, or push yourself to the limits trying out adrenaline activities. A place where you can enjoy fine dining, indulge in the local catch of the day, simply enjoy a good old Cornish pasty. Ladies and gentlemen…we give you Newquay!
We love the stunning coastal surroundings of Newquay and we’re not the only ones. The once traditional English bucket and spade destination has evolved into a vibrant surfing mecca, with activities to entertain everyone.
Newquay’s favourite attraction
There’s a Newquay attraction to suit every kind of day. The Blue Reef Aquarium is an all-weather attraction for all ages. Wander your way through the seven seas and find yourself face to face with the weird and wonderful little guys that call our oceans home, and there are plenty of interactive displays to bring things to life for kids too. Newquay Zoo is another favourite, and it’s home to hundreds of species, a children’s play area and a year-round calendar of events.
Every Newquay holiday needs a steam train ride, and the Lappa Valley mini steam railway is the perfect family outing. If you fancy getting out on two wheels during your break, the Lappa Valley is just a few minutes from the St Piran Way national cycle route, so you can take the bikes along and enjoy the countryside to boot.
Beaches in Newquay
Where do we start when it comes to the beaches in Newquay? The home of the UK surf scene, Newquay was pretty much made for beach bums. Let’s start with Fistral Beach. Home to Boardmasters and a whole host of annual surfing events, Fistral rolls on for miles. Whether you try your hand at surfing and book a lesson, or you practice your sandcastle creating skills for the day, you’ll find plenty of facilities and RNLI lifeguards throughout the high season.
Recommended by The Good Beach Guide for its excellent water quality, Watergate Bay is another favourite Newquay beach. This large, open bay sits around 3 miles from Newquay and it’s home to 2 blissful miles of soft golden sand. Watergate Bay’s a popular spot with families, and if you fancy watching the surfers show off their skills it’s a great spot to sit back and watch the action on the waves.
Named Beach of the Year 2017 by The Times and The Sunday Times, Lusty Glaze Beach has it all. The sheltered cove of Lusty Glaze gives this beach a feel of days gone by, and there are plenty of activities to keep the kids entertained during the day.
Restaurants in Newquay
First of all, let’s cover off the basics… from fish and chips to multiple cafes offering the best pasties in Newquay, the town has plenty of options for those looking to grab a quick bite to eat between beach session.
Newquay’s slowly working its way onto Cornwall’s thriving foodie scene, and that means the restaurants in Newquay are as impressive as its beaches. Rick Stein Fistral serves up yummy fish and chips in a laidback atmosphere (well it’s Newquay after all!), and we can’t think of a better way to end a day spent lying on the sand while the sun works its magic.
Over at Watergate Bay, you’ll find Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen serving up the catch of the day in an elegant setting. With floor to ceiling windows that showcase the coastal location, this restaurant reflects the tastes of the seasons and the area’s famous local produce.
For that relaxed spot to wind down as the sun sets on the beach, head to the Bowgie Inn near Crantock Beach. This pub has breathtaking views that make the classic pub meals taste even better, and we love it.
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