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The beach is a must-visit during any visit to Newquay. With the town’s Fistral Beach attracting world-class surfers, even those who prefer to paddle will have a great day watching the pros at work. But there’s more to Newquay than the beach, and there’s more to this part of the UK to explore, too. With public transport more limited than in city locations, hiring a car in Newquay is the easiest and quickest way to get around.
In and around Newquay you’ll find Blue Reef Aquarium, for a glimpse of life beneath the waves, as well as a zoo. Treat the kids to a day of fun at Cornwall’s Crealy Adventure Park, tucked away in the countryside north of Newquay. Cornwall is a place of legends, so keep driving north along the coast and you’ll reach the mystical Tintagel, the mythical birthplace of King Arthur. Even if you don’t believe the stories, the scenery here is truly inspirational.
With your hire car you’re free to head to some of the more remote yet rewarding beaches, as Fistral can get pretty crowded during the summer months. Pack up your board and follow the surf, whatever the time of day. If you’re a beginner, drive to the gentle waves of Polzeath, or challenge yourself a little more at Sennen or Porthleven. After an exhausting day in the surf, nothing beats getting back in your car with the heating turned up and a bag of chips in hand!