Devon Day Trip Ideas From Torquay - Part 2
If you are prepared to go just a little bit further on your day trip from Torquay, you will be rewarded with some of the most beautiful spots in the whole of the UK.
One of those places is Salcombe in the South Hams, which lies within the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Located on the Kingsbridge Estuary (actually a ria), Salcombe is an extremely popular spot for yacht and boat owners. In the summer months, you will find many large yachts and local boats moored up to enjoy the crystal clear aqua waters, beaches, and amazing restaurants Salcombe has to offer.
It takes about 40 to 50 minutes drive from Torquay to reach Salcombe, but the majority of the drive is through beautiful countryside scenery.
Here is our recommendation for a great day out in Salcombe:
In the morning, head to the beautiful South Sands beach, which in our opinion is the best beach in Salcombe for all round requirements, including water sports. East Portlemouth and Mill Bay are our other favourites.
Once you've enjoyed a morning at the beach, you could head to our favourite restaurant the Crab Shed to sample locally caught seafood cooked beautifully in a cosy environment. Salcombe has a traditional shellfish fishing industry, and this little restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy it.
After lunch, take a stroll down the trendy Island Street where you find lots of independent and boutique shops, plus nationally recognised brands that all started in Salcombe. If you want to stop off for refreshment, the Island Street Waterfront has great cocktails and a glorious terrace bar overlooking the water.
As with lots of places in Devon, the cafe and bar culture here wouldn't be out of place in a Mediterranean hotspot. Have a walk around and you will find locals and holidaymakers enjoying drinks, amazing food and good times in what is a beautiful and bustling little gem of a town in the South Hams.
You could choose the quickest route to get back to your base in Torquay, but you could also drive to Dartmouth and get the car ferry back over to Brixham, then drive back to Torquay through Torbay.