Torquay, often referred to as ‘The English Riviera’ and certainly has a continental feel about it, with a lively harbour, palm tree lined promenades, gardens and Italianate villas. It’s also renowned for a great nightlife, offering many fine restaurants with great views out to sea, before you head to a theatre or club. Paignton is a town down the coast from Torquay and offers long sandy beaches and is little more family friendly than Torquay.