Salcombe is one of Devon’s most picturesque seaside towns, with pastel-coloured beach houses dotted along the hillsides, scenic beaches and traditional seaside souvenir shops and quaint cafés. Due to its large sheltered bay, Salcombe has become one of the largest yachting centres in England and has maintained strong links to its maritime history which can be discovered in the Museum of Maritime and Local History at Custom Quay.
A lively harbour town, Salcombe is known as a wonderful place to enjoy watersports such as sailing and kayaking, as well as ferry cruises. Salcombe’s calm estuary makes it the ideal place for first-time sailors. Salcombe is also home to several beautiful sandy beaches, such as Sunny Cove, Cable Cove and Fisherman’s Cove. These unspoilt beaches are lovely places to sunbathe (if you’re lucky with the English weather!), have beach picnics or splash around in the sea.
If you’re travelling to Salcombe in August, you’ll be there in time for the annual Salcombe Town Regatta, which lasts for two weeks and also involves fun family activities including mud races, swimming galas, sandcastle competitions and treasure hunts, making it the perfect place to bring children.
There are many charming places to experience the traditional English seaside cuisine in Salcombe, such as The Victoria Inn, a typical British pub with a warm and welcoming atmosphere, serving dishes made with locally sourced ingredients such as seabass with potato crab cakes, and beer battered cod and chips with homemade tartare sauce and mushy peas. Another wonderful restaurant is The Crab Shed, a modern seafood restaurant perched right on the water’s edge in The Fish Quay. Along with their inventive crab-based options, dishes include locally caught fish of the day, Surf & Turf (Devonshire steak with locally caught shellfish) and vegetarian options that change daily.
Whilst visiting a seaside town, it is essential to sit and enjoy an icecream on the beach. The best place to get icecream in Salcombe is without a doubt Salcombe Dairy on Island Street, where the ice cream is freshly made on site. There is a range of delicious flavours, including the Salcombe Dairy Stem Ginger ice cream, which won a Café Quality Food Award in 2016.
Salcombe is the ideal place to visit for some rest and relaxation in the fresh seaside air. Spend your days strolling around the charming streets searching for souvenirs or relax on the beach watching the sailboats go by!