10 Reasons to Visit Salcombe this Summer
10 Reasons to Visit Salcombe this Summer.
Seascapes that blend into the sky, traditional seafood shacks and a choice between sandy or pebble beaches… Salcombe is one of the true gems of South Devon. Up until around 100 years ago, Salcombe’s main trade was fishing, boat and shipbuilding. Recently, however, the traditionally quiet town has become a hotspot for holidaymakers. Award-winning restaurants popping up and pastel-coloured houses lining the seafront. Here are 10 reasons that you need to tick a visit to Salcombe off your bucket list.
- The Seafood
Salcombe is famous for its crab. It has its own crab festival, as well as many local restaurants that serve big plates of whole crab spilling out their shells, accompanied by chips and mayonnaise. If you’re staying locally, visit the fishmonger to get fresh-off-the-boat seafood, including scallops and prawns you can cook up at home. If seafood isn’t your bag, head to one of the local fish and chip shops for a true Devon tradition that tastes great in any weather: battered cod and chips on the beach.
- Independent Shopping
It’s true that one of Salcombe’s main attractions is its outstanding natural beauty, but a stroll down the famous Fore Street will show you a different side to the seaside town. Scattered with a range of independent shops – from Cranch’s Sweet Shop to cosy book shops and quaint coffee houses, Fore Street is an irresistible mix of hidden gems and local favourites. You’ll most likely notice a nautical theme – after all brands such as Jack Wills, Crew Clothing and Quba Sails were initially founded in Salcombe.
- Endless Views
With sapphire skies that meet the foamy waves at the horizon, there are few places in the world as enchanting as Salcombe. However, there are a few extra special locations that capture a picture-perfect vista. The walk from Start Point lighthouse to Mattiscombe sands is a particularly lovely way to spend an afternoon, taking you over the coast path and down to a secluded beach that’s the perfect spot for picnicking. If you like your views with a side order of gin and tonic, there are plenty of bars and pubs in Salcombe where you can watch the setting sun as you sip your favourite tipple.
- Cream Teas
It’s the age old question. What goes first: the cream or the jam? In Devon, its firmly believed that the cream should be spread on your scone first, followed by the jam. Once you’ve got your head around that, you’re good to go. In fact, you’ll be hard pressed to find a cafe that doesn’t serve a decent cream tea in Salcombe.
Salcombe has a great selection of beaches, some of them just a stones (or pebbles) throw away. Take the East Portlemouth Ferry across the estuary to Mill Bay and you’ll find a long stretch of sandy beach that’s equally perfect for sunbathing or sandcastles. If you don’t mind a little drive from Salcombe, Gara Rock is one of South Devon’s best kept secrets. The walk from the car park is around 15 minutes, but the secluded sandy cove is worth the journey.
- The Pubs
Locals and holidaymakers alike affectionately refer to the Ferry Inn as ‘the most amazingly located pub in the world’ – and once you visit you’ll instantly understand why. It’s perched right on the waterfront with outstanding views over the estuary, making it the perfect place to nurse a pint after a day soaking up the sun on the beach.
Alternatively, take a day trip across the estuary to East Prawle – Devon’s most southerly village. Here you’ll find the Pigs Nose Inn, an eclectic pub where you’re guaranteed a good time. It has local ales, and, over the years has played host to a range of performers including Damon Albarn and the Boomtown Rats, amongst others.
- The Coastal Walks
Whether you’re a returning visitor or it’s your first time in Salcombe, one of the best ways to explore the area is by foot. Luckily, Salcombe is situated on the South West Coast Path, which stretches for 630 miles – all the way from Minehead in Somerset to Poole in Dorset. There are plenty of walks around Salcombe to choose from but a good one to start off with is the walk to Snapes Point, a straightforward route that takes you round winding paths and stunning Devonshire coastline.
- The Watersports
Although Salcombe is famous for its sailing, there are plenty more high-octane watersports available for the adrenaline-junkies among us. Wakeboarding, surfing and sea kayaking classes are available for all levels – from total novice to pro.
Whether you’re heading to Salcombe for a romantic couples retreat or an energetic family holiday, Salcombe Finest have a range of luxury holiday properties that will make you feel right at home. Stay in the centre of Salcombe, just a stone’s throw from the lively Fore Street, or hide away somewhere more remote. Relax in a wood-fired hot tub while you sip on a glass of champagne while the kids make the most of the plentifully-stocked games rooms. Whatever type of holiday home you’re looking for, you’ll find it in Salcombe.
- The Climate
Salcombe is regularly referred to as having its own microclimate – visit in the summer and you’ll understand why. Balmy nights and a gentle breeze give the town a Mediterranean feel, and Salcombe is home to many species of plant life that are rarely found in other areas of the UK. The warm weather means alfresco dining is common in Salcombe, and after a sun-drenched day on the beach, there’s no better way to relax.
Salcombe is a hub for amazing local produce, beautiful beaches and one-of-a-kind pubs and restaurants. The abundance of activities makes it ideal for families and a great place to create memories with your loved ones.
written by Salcombe Finest