Learn English in Torbay, the popular coastal destination in England. Torbay, also known as the “English Riviera” is located in the south-west of England (county Devon), and has a surprisingly Mediterranean climate. Its Victorian atmosphere and beautiful secluded beaches attract many visitors each year. Torbay is made up of three villages which meld into each other along the coast of the bay: Torquay, Paington and Brixham. The towns, the beaches, and their palm-tree lined promenades are all easily accessible thanks to efficient transport infrastructure, so you can enjoy the relaxed summer atmosphere and seaside lifestyle in this part of the English Riviera.
The city of Torquay is well known as a typical British holiday destination for its beaches and hidden caves, perfect for partaking in water sports or just relaxing in the sunshine. Some of the locals’ preferred beaches are Meadfoot, Oddicombe and Anstey's Cove, where you can take a peaceful seaside walk or enjoy drinking a coffee at your own pace. Witness beautiful sunsets over the bay, or, for a better view, take a ride on the Torquay English Riviera Wheel. When night falls the seaside Princess Theatre has many shows to delight theatre lovers, or for another authentic English experience, you can visit one of the many bars and traditional pubs nearby. If you are interested in marine wildlife, head to the Living Coasts zoo, where you will see otters and penguins, among other interesting marine wildlife.
Torbay is also home to many important historical sites. Towards the east of Torquay town, you can easily take a visit to the famous prehistoric Kents Caverns, which are well known for their geological value. Towards the south of Torquay is the Torre Abbey, a medieval monastery which is today open to the public as a museum and art gallery.
Paignton is to the south of Torquay, where its main beach, Preston Beach is the primary attraction. It is also popular to take a stroll down the Paignton Pier and visit the amusement arcades, which have been a traditional British summertime attraction for many decades. There are many character buildings throughout Paignton including England’s oldest cinema, the “Torbay Picture House” and beautiful mansions with well-kept gardens, some of which can be visited today.
Brixham was historically a fishing town, and it is characterized by the rows of tall houses which extend up the hill away from Brixham Harbour. Walk the narrow streets full of shops and bakeries, and gaze over the boat-filled harbor. From the town, you can venture to the Berry Head National Nature Reserve, and visit the Berry Head Lighthouse on the edge of the sea.
The coastal borough of Torbay is also known by locals and tourists for its fresh fish and seafood. Enjoy these local delicacies in the coastal restaurants from where you can spot the boats passing by or maybe witness one of the many boating events which are held here annually.
Torbay is an excellent destination if you would like to learn a language in a peaceful and traditional environment, where you can advance at your own pace whilst enjoying the fresh maritime air and sunny days. The area is known for having standard spoken English, and as such, you will be able to communicate with ease with locals and other English speakers around the world.