Perched on the rugged edge of Cornwall’s Atlantic coast sits one of the country’s most popular seaside destinations. With 11 beaches and a hazy, laid-back atmosphere, Newquay is the perfect place to spend a relaxing holiday with family or friends. It’s also the perfect spot to set up base when exploring the surrounding towns and villages.
To the west of the town is perhaps Newquay’s best-known stretch of sand – Fistral Beach. Pros travel from all around the world to ride the waves here, but there’s still plenty of room for amateurs and it’s a great place to learn the ropes. Fistral Beach Surf School accepts families, groups and individuals at all levels of ability, from beginners to advanced, and prices start at £35 per lesson, including equipment.
And remember, surfing’s not just a summer activity, and in fact you’ll spot enthusiasts in the water all year round.
Over on the other side of town is a secluded cove called Lusty Glaze. At its centre is a dog-friendly restaurant serving some deliciously-apt seafood options. Enjoy a lazy lunch while you look out at the amazing view, or simply stop by for a coffee and a snack before tackling some beach-based activities such as abseiling.
North of Fistral Beach, near rocky outcrops that reach into the Atlantic, is the Headland Hotel and Spa. Offering a great location with super views, the Headland is an ideal spot for a bit of holiday pampering. Indulge yourself with good food and fine living at this luxuriant coastal bolthole.
Vinyl junkies, make your way to the tiny Retro Sounds Records to get your hands on some classic and collectable platters. You’ll find examples from all the main genres, including folk, hip-hop, jazz, rock and more – be sure to chat to owner Steve to put in a request for that obscurity you’ve been hunting for years. There’s also a nice selection of hardware, if you’re in the market for an old amp or deck.