It's impossible to start a review of Newquay on any other topic than surfing. The town is where the UK's first surfers went to in the 1920s ...Lewis Rosenberg and his friends travelled from London to Holywell Bay with their homemade boards after seeing news reels of surfers in Australia... and there are numerous beaches with exotic names - Tolcarne, Watergate Bay, Lusty Glaze, Fistral - and outstanding waves.
Back to school
Newquay isn't just a surf spot for the experienced ...although it attracts surfers from across the world..., there are several surf schools that can have you flying across the waves before the end of your stay. In line with its surf-dude image, Newquay also fancies itself as an activity centre so there are lots of diving, fishing and sailing tours, and adrenalin sports such as coasteering, climbing and kiteboarding.
On yer bike
The cycling is also superb around Newquay and there are several routes that follow the Cornish Way, part of the ‘National Cycle Network'. There's no need to struggle putting your bike on ...or in... your car as there are plenty of places offering bike hire.
Away from the beaches, there is plenty more to see. Newquay Zoo is award winning and home to hundreds of animals from around the world. The Blue Reef Aquarium concentrates on the animal kingdom below the waves and offers amazing insight into the Cornish coast and dazzling tropical reefs. And in answer to the question all kids ask: yes, there are sharks.
Newquay's nightlife reflects the diversity of the crowds who visit, so there are chilled out beachside bars, traditional pubs serving real ale, and nightclubs pumping out the latest tunes.