Seniors Have Discovered  the English Riviera

As I was viewing dozens of great photos on Budget Travel’s website, I came across a scene on Torquay Beach in England, called the ‘English Riviera’ and when senior travelers see photos of Torquay, you’ll see why.

Torquay is a seaside town with just over 60,000 population, so you will find a town teeming with plenty to see and do.  Torquay, originally a fishing port and a local hangout for Royal Navy personnel, was named after a rocky outcrop (Tor) which once dominated the area.

Blessed with a mild climate, gorgeous sandy beaches, beautiful coastal views, rocky coves and picturesque harbors, Torquay attracts senior visitors from all over Europe. Stretching along 35 kilometers of stunning South Devon coastline, this popular coastal resort is famous for healthy climate.

Because the wind is never from the north or west, the climate is very mild, quite dry and rarely foggy. Since the beginning of the 19th Century, people with respiratory diseases have been taking their lungs on vacation to Torquay as a revitalizing resource.

Seniors Meet Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie lives in Torquay and in fact has spent most of her life there.  She could have chosen just about anywhere in the world for her home, but she loves her town. A number of sketches for the Monty Python’s Flying Circus television show (1969–73) were filmed on location in and around both Torquay and neighboring Paignton.

Torquay has numerous tourist attractions, including Kents Cavern that is Britain’s most important Stone Age site. TripAdvisor calls Torquay ‘the most beautiful seaside town in England‘ and always has a good list of things to see and do. The Babbacombe Theatre is rated #1 followed by Cockington Country Park known as “the Best in the Country.”

The historic medieval Torre Abbey has been well-preserved and is particularly known for its formal gardens. It now houses an art gallery with one of the largest collections in Devon.

I like Virtual Tourist’s suggestions of things to see, for the information they include. You sun and sea lovers can select between some twenty beaches along the coast.

South Devon’s Beautiful Bay

The English Riviera has more attractions than any other resort area in the UK and is also a Global Geopark (look that one up). Getting out on the water is what many visitors love to do, and there is a great selection of boat trips and tasty local food and fresh fish to enjoy. Seniors, you are invited to take in one of their Regattas or an Agatha Christie Festival.  

As a travel blog writer I just keep on discovering travel sites, links, URLs and aids for senior travelers that I have never seen before. I enjoy that. Look up GO TORBAY.

Well folks, it’s another ‘bucket list’ item for  Jim and Jeannine.  See you on the English Riviera?  jeb



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