Newquay is best known for its many beaches such as Fistral and Watergate Bay etc. The waves from the Atlantic Ocean create strong surf, and because of this, the town rose to popularity for its surf industry. However. there is much more to Newquay than this. Its appeal is suited for families, young party goers and couples.
The airport has grown in a number of flights flying into Newquay, such as Alicante, Faro and Frankfurt. Because of this, there has been a huge influx of foreign visitors, which is good for the town. It is located on top of Watergate Beach so perfect location to fly into.
On the seafront on Great Western Beach, the Blue Reef Aquarium features an underwater tunnel going through a coral-reef tank with pufferfish, sharks and rays. Further inland, surrounded by tropical gardens, Newquay Zoo is home to lions, wildebeest and sloths.
Nestled in the woods near Newlyn East, Lappa Valley is an all-around family day out. You take a train ride through beautiful woods to reach an area of outstanding beauty, including rowing boats, crazy golf and fun activities.
Throughout the summer, Newquay hosts many local traditional festivals, including the RNLI day, which is a great day out for the family. There are many, upon many, Beer and Cider Festivals! The Healey Cider Farm holds an annual event called The Little Orchard and Music Festival in October. This is legendary around Cornwall and is a must to attend if you happen to be in the area.
Newquay is regarded as the surf capital of the UK. It is a centre for the surf industry in Britain, with many surf stores, board manufacturers and hire shops in the town.
Fistral Beach is considered to be one of the best beach breaks in Cornwall. It is capable of producing powerful, hollow waves and holding a good sized swell. It has been host to international surfing competitions. Every year the beach hosts the Boardmasters Festival, with the music festival taking place at Watergate Bay at the same time.
Around the coast from the main beaches heading north is Watergate Bay. This is stunning and pretty much unspoiled. It is home to Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Restaurant, and this gave the beach popularity in the early days. The beach is vast and there is plenty of space if you are worried about being able to have a game of beach cricket. Watergate Bay is perfect for Kitesurfing and holds many competitions throughout the year.
There are some beautiful walks around the town. One of the best ones is the walk from Porth Beach to Watergate Beach. For this walk, you need to plan it for when the tide is out. Start by walking under the bridge on the right-hand side, and then follow the beach along to Watergate Bay. It will take you around 30-45 minutes, but the scenery is beautiful. For the return walk, as the tide may be coming in, you could walk across the cliff tops as there is a designated path for walkers.
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