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An insight into Newquay, a popular British seaside resort.

Situated on the North Atlantic coast of Cornwall, Newquay is a quirky British seaside resort that possesses charm in abundance.  It hasn’t always been known as Newquay though, up until the 14th century, it was better known as Towan Blystra.


A surfer’s paradise

When walking through Newquay, you could be forgiven for thinking that it’s a surfing town. The influence that surfing has had on Newquay is evident, with a number of surf lodges and surf shops dotted around the town centre. Perhaps one of the reasons why Newquay is such a popular surfing destination is down to the fact that it boasts 11 excellent beaches. Newquay has hosted major international surfing competitions for around 20 years, the most recent being the world famous Rip Curl Boardmasters.

Great seafood restaurants


As you would expect with any seaside town, Newquay is blessed with some of the finest seafood restaurants in Cornwall. What makes it better is that the majority of Newquays seafood restaurants all boast fantastic views. If you are looking for a seafood restaurant that is set in a beautiful harbour location and sources all of its food locally, the Boathouse Restaurant is ideal. It’s worth eating here just for its setting!  Another excellent seafood restaurant is New Harbour; they serve lobster, crab and an array of other seafood dishes.


Choosing your accommodation

Newquay has accommodation to suit all tastes, budgets and requirements.  If you want a central location, there is a plethora of clean Bed & Breakfasts in the town centre. For families who want on-site entertainment, there are a number of hotels that offer this. There is also a number of camping and caravan sites that have kids clubs during the day and live entertainment in the evenings. For surfers, you really can’t go wrong with a surf lodge. MOR Surf Lodge is an excellent example, it has its own bar with a large terrace overlooking the sea, and the rooms are clean, comfortable and affordable.


Eleven great beaches

If there’s one thing that Newquay has over any other English seaside resort, it has to be its array of golden sandy beaches, all of which have their own unique coves and rock pools. If you are visiting Newquay as a family, one of the most suitable beaches for families Mawgan Porth, this is a huge, North West facing beach. The waters here are very safe and when the tide is at its lowest there are a number of small claves to enjoy and explore.

Lusty Glaze is another excellent family beach and can be enjoyed all year round. This beautiful cove is sheltered by high cliffs and provides a safe environment for families to enjoy. Lusty Glaze beach is also home to the National Lifeguard and Rescue Training Centre, a training school for emergency service and rescue personnel.    

For surfing, the best beach is Fistral! This is Newquays most popular beach and is located to the West of Towans Head.  The beach is backed by dramatic sand dunes which provide a slight degree of shelter. Thanks to its westerly aspect, Fistral beach boasts some of the best surfing conditions in Europe. All of Newquays beaches are clean and picturesque, so you can’t really go wrong.


Nearby attractions

Regardless of whether you like arts, history or wildlife, there is something for everyone in Newquay.  If you’re a history lover, Huers Hut is definitely worth visiting. This is a small white hut that dates back to the 14th century and was originally used as a watchout by the Huer. The Huer was a man who would keep a look out for pilchard shoals and alert the fishermen upon their arrival.


For families, Newquay Zoo is the ideal day out. This award winning zoo is set in sub tropical lakeside gardens and is home to over 130 different animal species. Newquay Zoo also offer animal experiences that give you the opportunity to feed penguins and other species.


Another great family day out is the Blue Reef Aquarium, here you can experience over 40 themed habitats that will take you on a journey from English waters to exotic seas. The Blue Reef Aquarium is best known for its enormous underwater tunnel that allows you to see some of the world’s most fascinating species close up.



This Newquay travel article was written by David at Mor Surf Lodge


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