Probably the biggest tourist lure in the South Hams, Salcombe is not really a beach resort at all. The narrow steep streets of this small fishing village first turned into a boating haven, then have become an overall up-market seaside holiday centre, with classy restaurants, shops and accommodation overlooking the busy harbour.
The centre is difficult for parking and driving but once on foot, Salcombe offers scenic boat trips, coast path walks and opportunities to sit gazing across the pretty estuary enjoying food or drink. There are even good sandy beaches just out of town.
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This 26-acre lump of grassy rock houses an old whitewashed smugglers pub and a natural seawater bathing pool – but what makes it famous is the landmark art deco hotel. In its 1930s heyday aristocracy and wealthy celebrities danced the Charleston to big bands playing on floating pontoons.
The biggest city on the SW660 sits in a world-class location between Dartmoor and the islands and inlets of Plymouth Sound, with the lush twists of the Tamar Valley alongside. Many are initially disappointed by a city hastily rebuilt after wartime bombs and it attracts fewer tourists than some villages.