Salcombe is a coastal town situated in the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The harbour town sits at one of the most southerly points of Devon and has a relaxed nautical atmosphere.
Things to Do
Salcombe is a great base for holiday spent messing about on the water or at the water’s edge. As a busy harbour town boat trips and watersports schools can be found operating in the area and from nearby beaches. There is also a popular regatta held annually in the town.
The town is packed with shops and has a range of wonderful restaurants and bars lining the streets making Salcombe vibrant, busy waterside town with a unique Devon charm.
The beaches found near Salcombe are pictures coves with fine soft sand ideal for a family holiday to the coast or a relaxing break from the bustle of daily live.
There is a foot passenger ferry that operates across the river to East Portlemouth. As well as connecting the South West Coast Path along this stretch of coast, a number of other enchanting coves and beaches can be found if you travel eastwards along the coast.
Salcombe’s history is intrinsically linked with the sea. Until about 100 years ago the people of Salcombe earned their living from the estuary and the sea. Fishing, seafaring, boat and later shipbuilding were the main occupations, but smuggling and even piracy meant that settlements were not built at the water’s edge but further inland. Today, Salcombe is still a thriving harbour, but without the pirates.
Something a bit different
Situated at one of the most southerly points of the UK Salcombe is not far from some great South Devon attractions. To the west lies the beaches of Bigbury on Sea and Bantham and the famous Burgh Island which is accessed at high tide via a sea tractor.
To the east a journey along the South West Coast Path will bring you to Start Point Lighthouse, and the on to wide open beach of Slapton Sands.
Tourist Information Centre
The Salcombe Tourist Information Centre is located on Market Street on the town centre.