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Part of the South Hams district in South Devon, Salcombe is a wonderful place to spend a family holiday. With its location just outside of Plymouth, but still situated on the coast you have the best of both worlds for your getaway.
Things to do on a Salcombe holiday
Salcombe is packed full of a wide range of activities for all ages. Learn to sail from the sheltered harbour, take a dinghy ride out of the port to explore the many beaches in the estuary, or for something a little more energetic go scuba diving, take out a canoe, learn to surf or just sit and relax while fishing in the Salcombe waters.
If the weather turns on you, the area boasts a number of indoor attractions like Woodlands Leisure Park just a short drive away in Totnes.
Shopping in Salcombe
With a selection of stores in Salcombe and the local area, you will be spoilt for choice with the variety of products on your door step. If you want a full day of retail therapy, take a day trip to Plymouth city centre. Hit the high street and boutique stores during the week when it is slightly quieter and shop to your hearts consent. With Drake Circus and hundreds of shops in the high street you really could shop ‘til you drop.
History of Salcombe
The first accounts of Salcombe date back to 1244, however many believe that it existed before this. The village was a major fishing area, with the fisherman living further inland due to the dangers of the sea. With piracy on the up and slavery kidnappings the locals felt safer inland, while only leaving their ‘cellars’ close to the coast, which were storage homes for their fishing equipment.
The first holiday home was built in Salcombe in 1764, and further on from this during the two World Wars the tourism trade boomed due to its location and cheaper prices. The town had a lot of involvement in the World Wars, with buildings like the Salcombe hotel being acquisitioned for use by the United States Navy during the Second World War and bolt holes being constructed in the town due to its coast location.
More recently Salcombe has developed into a thriving holiday resort and is very popular with tourists because of its beaches and how close it is to Plymouth.
If you are considering taking a Salcombe holiday, see our guide to Salcombe holiday cottages here.