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3 Off The Beaten Track Gems in Torquay


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Babbacombe Cliff Railway - take a ride down to Oddicombe Beach

As owners of luxury Torquay self catering accommodation, we are often asked for our 'off the beaten track' recommendations. Below are three of our absolute favourites.



Anstey's Cove


This beautiful little cove is perhaps the best hidden gem in the area. The water here is crystal clear, and on a calm day, it is much more reminiscent of the Mediterranean. Antsey's Cove is a Good Beach Guide and Seaside Award winner of 2020, and you can understand why with just one visit. To get to the cove, you have to walk down a moderately steep path and some steps. However, on your way down you will be rewarded with beautiful woodlands and a hidden nature reserve that is popular with locals and wildlife enthusiasts.


The cove has a small shingle beach and dogs are permitted all year round. There is a beach cafe that hires out paddle boards and kayaks, as well as serving quality refreshments throughout the day.


The scenery and views are stunning, and this off the beaten track recommendation in Torquay is not to be missed.



Kents Cavern


We have mentioned Kents Cavern a lot in our blog posts, and that is because it is of such historical and geological importance that we want all of our visitors to go there! It is one of only two places in the world that has evidence of three species of human. Yes, in the quintessential British seaside resort of Torquay, you can witness scientific evidence that has helped shape the understanding of our species. Who knew?


The cave system is fascinating and fun for all the family. You can also see the remains of an ice age bear and her cub. To us, this makes Kents Cavern one of the best hidden gems in Torquay.



Babbacombe Downs


The clifftop promenade of Babbacombe Downs is an ideal place to chill out and enjoy the spectacular sea views. In fact, watching the sunset from here is extremely popular with locals. There are plenty of places to eat and drink, including the famous Hanbury's Takeaway – an award-winning fish and chip shop loved by everybody!


From here, you can get the Babbacombe Cliff Railway down to Oddicombe Beach, which is one of Torbay's most loved beaches.


If you go a little further to Babbacombe Beach, you might be lucky enough to see dolphins and seals splashing around just offshore.



Looking for holiday lets and holiday cottages to explore Torquay, Torbay, and the rest of Devon? Our luxury self catering holiday accommodation to rent in Torquay makes the perfect base to do so, and will provide you with a super comfy home away from home.