Generations have been enchanted by the charm and romance of Brixham, a colourful and bustling fishing port at the southern end of Torbay.
The hilly town is built around the central harbour area, which remains the lifeblood of this quaint historic town. Vibrant fishermen’s cottages gaze out across the port and the fishing trawlers below. Many of the Brixham hotels are within easy reach of the harbour.
Fishing for compliments…
The trawler was invented in Brixham back in the 19th century and today they share the harbour with a replica of SirFrancis Drake’s ship, the Golden Hind, a popular tourist attraction and focal point of the town.
Brixham remains one of the UK’s busiest fishing ports and every year, over ten thousand tonnes of fresh fish and crustaceans land on the quays.
You couldn’t find a better place to sample the fresh catch of the day, available from countless restaurants, cafes and seafood stalls.
The nearby statue of William of Orange is another hint to the rich and diverse history the town boasts. The Hymn, “Abide With Me” was written in Brixham, and there are endless tales of smugglers and pirates to be unearthed by the inquisitive.
Have a relaxing drink by the Harbour…
There are plenty of cafes and unusual shops to be discovered as you explore the charming streets and alleys, while there is no end of traditional pubs willing to reward you with an ale or glass of wine at the end of a busy day sightseeing.
Of course, the best way to experience the allure of Brixham is to take one of the many boat trips and enjoy the commentary – with the added charm of a Devonian accent. You’ll learn plenty about the rich heritage and history of the area, whilst also returning with amazing photographs of your nautical adventures.
Brixham is blessed with some of the most stunning coastal walks in the UK, and no visit would be complete without a climb to the cliff-top nature reserve of Berry Head, past Breakwater Beach and Shoalstone seawater pool.
The prize for your exertions is astounding views across the emerald bay to Torquay – and perhaps a cream tea in the cafe! There’s even more to come!
Brixham is undergoing a programme of sympathetic regeneration, and the stylish marina blends in perfectly with the traditional working harbour. It’s the perfect holiday spot for those who want to get away from it all and take things easy in charming, picturesque surroundings.
But don’t take our word for it, come and see for yourself! You are sure to fall in love with the place, as have generations before you. And did we mention the delicious seafood…
Info courtesy of www.englishriviera.co.uk