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Must-See Coastal Towns in Devon

Devon is famous for its stunning coastline and picturesque towns. With over three hundred miles of coastline, there are plenty of opportunities to explore the area’s beaches, cliffs, and quaint villages. The best seaside towns in Devon combine postcard-perfect scenery with tranquil atmospheres. If you are planning a trip to Devon, these are the must-see coastal towns in the area.


Located within South Devon’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, enjoy stunning views of Burgh Island and beyond from this quaint village. Overlooking Bigbury Beach, it’s only a hop, skip and a jump to enjoy the golden sand and great surf. Take a lesson or hire water sports equipment to get out on the water. When the tide is in, take the sea tractor across to Burgh Island and explore – this is simply an attraction in itself. From the village, turn left or right to head out onto the South West Coast Path to explore further. Discover Aymer Cove, or walk to nearby towns, Salcombe or Bantham. The options are endless. Bigbury-On-Sea is a dream location for a family holiday. To learn more, head to our website and explore our properties in the area.


A charming fishing town known for its picturesque harbour; it is one of the biggest fishing ports in Europe. Sit and watch the boats come in and out of the harbour and be sure to sample the local seafood. Explore the town centre: amble down the quaint streets, explore the independent shops, and pop into the museum to learn about the local history. If you want to venture further, head out on the South West Coast Path, and enjoy stunning views out to sea. Explore beaches only accessible by the path, or head up to Berry Head Nature Reserve. To find out more about this beautiful coastal town in Devon, head to our website and explore our properties in the area.


Dartmouth is a picture-perfect historic coastal town at the mouth of the River Dart. It offers a stunning waterfront and picturesque streets. Home to a medieval castle and church, and lots of local and international history, be sure to pop into the museum to learn more! Enjoy a boat ride up the river, a trip on the steam railway, or a walk along the South West Coast Path. With an action-packed events calendar, it is a must visit on Your Devon Escape! To find out more, head to our website, and book a property in the area.

Hope Cove

Renowned for its beaches, dramatic cliffs, and relaxed atmosphere, Hope Cove offers visitors a tranquil escape surrounded by natural beauty and coastal charm. This postcard-perfect village is tucked nicely between Salcombe and Thurlestone. Access both via the coast path, with Thurlestone only a short stroll away.


A picturesque coastal town located on the Kingsbridge Estuary. Wander down the cobbled street, browse the independent shops and boutiques, and indulge in an ice cream from the local Salcombe Dairy.  Salcombe is a thriving fishing town so be sure to sample some local seafood at the many cafés and restaurants; you can’t get fresher! Known for its crystal-clear waters and sandy beaches, make sure to get out on the water! Check out our blog to find out more.


Slapton and Torcross are close in proximity but different villages. Slapton is set back from the coast, yet picturesque and packed full of character. It is home to the Slapton Ley National Nature Reserve, the largest freshwater lake in the South West. Torcross, on the other hand, sits beachside, and offers an array of restaurants and cafés with views out to sea. Both towns have a combined unique history dating back to World War Two. The D-Day landing practice, ‘Operation Tiger’, occurred on the Slapton Sands. To find out more about these coastal towns in Devon, head to our website and visit our properties in the area.


A thriving seaside town on Devon’s English Riviera Coast. Known for its iconic palm trees, busy harbour, and sandy beaches, it’s a memorable spot to stop on Your Devon Escape. Home to a UNESCO Global Geopark and a thriving marina, enjoy the best of Tor Bay. Hop on a boat or ferry, check out the delicious selection of cafés and restaurants, and take in the stunning coastline that surrounds it. Head to our blog to find out more.

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