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Newquay Tourist Information
Newquay Guide and History
Well, as the name may imply, this seaside town was developed when a new quay was built in the 18th century replacing the name of Towan Blystra, which is now the name of a road in one of the suburban areas. From that humble beginning came what is now one of Britain’s most popular tourist resorts. Little remains from before the 19th century here, when Newquay became the destination of choice to the Victorians.
Just outside of Newquay is the beautiful village of Crantock, full of character and just far enough away to be quiet but not dead. The beach is perfect for families and sits at the mouth of the picturesque Gannel Estuary.
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Accommodation in Newquay is in abundance. Years of catering for tourists has left the town very well geared up to answer anything a holiday here requires. Hotels, backpackers, self catering, camping and holiday parks; everything you would expect and more.
Entertainment and Eating Out Guide
Eating out in Newquay is an experience that is always improving in standard, new restaurants are opening up and making a name for themselves, raising the standard of food immensely.
Newquay Night Life
But what to do at night? Newquay is well known for its nightlife, with bars numbering into the hundreds, clubs that are open till the early hours, pubs with live entertainment and a great atmosphere. Restaurants too are in there plenty some of which have children’s play areas, all of which have tantalising menus on offer.
In Crantock there is a well known event during the summer, the Bale Push where hundreds of teams compete to, unsurprisingly, push hay bales through the village. The event raises thousands for local charities and is a great spectator sport.
The town itself is lined with surf shops, gift shops and bakeries (which sell the national food of Cornwall, the pasty. Like a pie it has meat, veg and potato all wrapped in short crust pastry, you just cannot come to Cornwall without having one!). Most of the shops in Newquay are open until late, so you can walk around the town enjoying the mild and sunny evenings.
Newquay Beach and Surf Guide
Firstly, in the summer months, when the town is at its best, are those golden, sandy beaches, all eleven of them. They start at Holywell Bay and stretch as far as Watergate Bay - one the biggest beaches in the Newquay area - once there you can learn to surf, kite board, kite buggy, and even wind surf! Also included among these beaches is the world famous Fistral Bay, home to many surf competitions throughout the year including the Rip Curl Championships, recently upgraded to a five star event, and drawing even more high profile surfers. Of course all the beaches have their own facilities such as toilets, food and drink bars and the all-important lifeguards, all of whom are fully trained and always on the lookout.
Beaches West of Newquay
Crantock is much quieter being less developed, and has a good quality beach break, at its best from low to mid tide. Again, S.E. winds are when it is at its peak, as is Holywell Bay, which has a good to average beach break. At low tide there is a good wave off of a wreck in the middle of the beach. Porth Joke is good when everywhere else is a little too large. It needs a big swell to work well, and is best to visit an hour after high of low tide.
Newquay Town Beaches
There are four town beaches, the Great Western, Tolcarne, the harbour and next to it Towan Beach - very busy as it is the closest to the town, and with little swell. But a S.W. wind can create some fast hollow waves of up to 6 foot, likewise with the Great Western.
Beaches East of Newquay
To the east is Lusty Glaze, a small beach only working when there is a big ground swell at low tide. S.E. to N.E. winds are offshore. Popular with body boarders. Before you get to Lusty Glaze is Porth, a large, busy beach with plenty of facilities. Watergate Bay picks up any swell, working from high to low tide, and is often cleaner than Fistral. It holds big swell and is best when the wind is S.E.
Newquay has a railway and bus stations, both centrally located in the town itself. Outside of the town, about a five to ten minute drive, is the airport. From here there are flights to The Isles of Scily, London, Ireland and locations in the UK and Europe.
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