Known for its famous surf beaches such as Fistral and Watergate Bay, Newquay has a range of golden sandy beaches and coves as well as great attractions, all just a short car journey from Bay Retreat Villas.
From quaint fishing town to surf capital
Originally a small pilchard fishing port, Newquay made its name with the arrival of the railway and the new Victorian fashion for seaside holidays. However, from a popular holiday destination it staked its claim on the world map when the swinging sixties bought with it the new craze of surfing.
Beaches such as Fistral and Watergate Bay with their natural offshore reefs and sheltered golden sandy beaches were recognised for having some of the best waves in the UK and still hold annual surf competitions such as Boardmasters.
Today, Newquay still enjoys its laid back reputation. Whilst surfers flock to the popular beaches, there’s also quiet hidden coves, colourful fishing boats bobbing in the harbour, great attractions such as the zoo and aquarium and some famous places to eat.
Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall can be found at Watergate Bay and Rick Stein Fistral serves fish and chips and Indian cuisine right on the beach front at Fistral.
You’ll find all the essentials in the small town centre. Head slightly out of town and there’s a pretty boating lake at Trenance Gardens. Try a spot of crazy golf or hop on the miniature railway at the leisure park.
Each September, the town celebrates a fish festival whilst a big arts festival usually takes place during the spring.
At Kestle Mill, 3 miles east of Newquay, visit the National Trust’s Trerice, the Elizabethan Manor House that inspired Winston Graham, author of the Poldark novels. You can cross the Gannel Estuary to where the wide sandy beaches of Crantock and Holywell Bay lie. The coastline then begins to change to reflect Cornwall’s mining heritage. Head towards St Agnes where some of the filming of Poldark took place and find the remains of engine houses perched on the cliffs including Wheal Coates at Chapel Porth.