Devon is a region (or county) in the west of England. It borders with Cornwall, Dorset, and Somerset. Devon is a popular holiday destination for Brits with many hostels, as it has two coastlines, plenty of good surfing, sandy beaches, good sailing opportunities, rolling hills, loads of resorts, and two national parks (Dartmoor and Exmoor).
The biggest city in Devon is Plymouth, a coastal city located in the south, not too far from Dartmouth. Exeter is another large city, and is also a university city, which means plenty of good pubs, cafes and nightlife activities.
The island of Lundy is also located in Devon. Visitors can take a ferry from the town of Ilfracombe to the nearby island for the day or a long weekend. Dartmoor and Exmoor national parks are also worth visiting. Both national parks provide beautiful views of the moors, especially in spring when the wild flowers are blooming.
There are also some sandy white beaches in Devon. These beaches can be found at the Bideford Bay beaches of Woolacombe, Croyde, Westward Ho, and Staunton. These beaches also have great surfing and fishing opportunities.
If visiting Devon, then you have to try a Devonshire cream tea, which is served usually for afternoon or morning tea and includes scones, jam, and clotted cream. It is usually served with a pot of English Breakfast tea. There are many cute cafes and restaurants that offer Devonshire teas daily.
The pasty is another Devon delight (also popular in the neighbouring county, Cornwall). A pasty is a pastry case traditionally filled with beef, turnip, swede, onion, and sliced potato. It is then baked and served hot. There are now many different types of pasties available, even sweet combinations such as banana and chocolate. Freshly homemade fudge is another popular and famous Devon delight. When visiting Devon you will see many fudge shops, with many different flavours. Some even give you the opportunity to watch fudge being made and give out free samples.
Accommodation in Devon is varied and is plenty. There are hostels / backpackers, but also campsites, caravan sites, resorts, and bed and breakfasts too choose from. There is something for every type of traveller and every budget. Hostel or backpackers are great places to stay if you are travelling on a budget, or are travelling solo and want to meet other like-minded travellers.
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I now live in Canada. I use to live on Dartmoor, in the Girls Boarding School, not too far from Widecombe in the Moor. I remember coming to Widecombe Fair, every year. Today, I decided to see what websites there were. It's great to see these beautiful places being used for tourists. Someday, I'll come back there …
Exeter is wicked. If you fancy a good night out, go to Arena and then Paradise Tandoori. They have the best naan kebabs I have ever tasted in my life!
It's such an underrated city. There's loads to do! You have the coast, surf, fabulous beaches, a coastal path, free ferry to Cornwall, Dartmoor, bars, superb nightlife, remote, fun, hip, and happening. Apart from a chaotic traffic system and poor shopping, Plymouth is the bees knees.