The golden Gateway to fun and relaxation. Blue skies above seven miles of golden sands, sparkling silver waters warmed by the Gulf Stream and comforting rays of sunshine make Newquay probably the premier resort of the West Country.

Surrounded by 11 magnificent beaches washed by shimmering blue Atlantic rollers twice a day and cocooned by an annual 1,600 hours of sunshine, Newquay is a beach lovers paradise. The Atlantic rolls into Newquay, white crested, roaring and supercharged by the momentum of its 3,000 mile journey making surfers compare it with the world famous Bondi, Malibu and Waikiki beaches. Beaches such as Fistral and Watergate Bay are giant superbowls for the World Surfing Championships. But, sheltering in the lee of Towan Head are the beaches of Towan, Great Western and Tolcarne, which provide a safe nursery for belly-boarding learners before they graduate to white horses and the long, shark-finned Malibu boards. Newquay's beaches combine the roles of playground, stadium and theatre thereby providing an unrivalled source of family entertainment.

Newquay rises from a picturesque old harbour to spread majestically along the dramatic clifftops. It is an unrivalled natural setting acknowledged as one of the finest stretches of coastline in Europe. Apart from the superb range of sporting and recreational facilities, a short walk from the sea front is the spectacular and peaceful Trenance Gardens which have a carpet of lush green foliage, exotic plants and dazzling flower displays.

Newquay is steeped in history. Iron Age Man smelted ore here for weapons and tools; during the Industrial Revolution man made it his conduit for trade in tin and china clay; while in the 20th century, modern man found hidden gold with its chain of beaches.


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