The promenade, sandy beach, lido and pier seem standard classic seaside offerings – but exploring a narrow maze of old streets behind them leads to one of Devon’s most bohemian spots. At Back Beach fishing boats are drawn up on sheltered sands and nautical pubs face the busy estuary. It’s an area full of artists’ studios, quirky shops and cafes.
A foot ferry crosses to the pink cottages of Shaldon. You’ll find a tunnel leads through the distinctive red rock headland called The Ness to another hidden beach.