The beautiful county of Devon has been a favourite summer holiday destination for centuries and anyone who has visited this picturesque corner of the South West will know why. Devon holidays can be as action packed or as relaxing as you choose, and you are never very far from something to see or do. Children will love the attractions in Devon, there are lots of adventure and theme parks as well as zoos and wildlife sanctuaries. Grown-ups will love the steam railways and boat trips not to mention stopping for a traditional Devon cream tea along the way! The variety of places to stay is pretty great too; with harbour towns and seaside resorts dotted along a stunning coastline and picture postcard villages set amongst rolling countryside and dramatic moorland. If that’s not enough to keep you occupied, there are numerous events held throughout the summer months such as festivals, regattas and country fairs where you can experience real Devon life first hand.
Being the only county in the UK with two separate coastlines, it goes without saying that
there are lots of beaches in both North and South Devon. The rolling Atlantic waves make for great surf conditions and the north coast is especially popular with water sports enthusiasts. If you fancy trying your hand at surfing whilst on holiday then there are surf schools who will get you kitted out and riding the waves in no time! If you prefer to stay on dry land then there are plenty of secluded coves where you can walk on the sand and enjoy the sea air undisturbed.
The national park of Dartmoor sprawls across 300 miles in the southern half of Devon and in summer it is truly breathtaking with brightly coloured heather and gorse contrasted against the imposing granite tors. Dartmoor’s activity centres offer introductory rock climbing, caving and mountain biking experiences throughout the summer holidays, or for a more leisurely day out a picnic or pub lunch is the perfect end to a gentle walk.
South Devon is full of pretty fishing towns where you can sample the best in freshly caught fish and seafood, and with a summertime climate to rival the Mediterranean you can really make the most of long sunny days and dining al fresco as the sun sets over a beautiful backdrop. East Devon’s coastline makes up part of the Jurassic Coast – England’s first World Heritage Site where the rocks record 185 million years of the Earth’s history. If you having a go at fossil hunting there are guided tours to show you what to look for.
No matter what sort of summer holiday you prefer there is something for you in Devon. With miles of walking trails, historic sites, events and family attractions to explore, all set amongst the most idyllic coast and countryside it is small wonder that so many people come here year after year. With crystal blue waters and golden sands to rival any continental holiday spot you may start to wonder why you ever bothered to go abroad!