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Torquay

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Torquay is a seaside town in Devon, England, part of the unitary authority area of Torbay. It lies 18mi south of the county town of Exeter and 28mi east-north-east of Plymouth, on the north of Tor Bay, adjoining the neighbouring town of Paignton on the west of the bay and across from the fishing port of Brixham.The town's economy, like Brixham's, was initially based upon fishing and agriculture, but in the early 19th century it began to develop into a fashionable seaside resort, initially frequented by members of the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars while the Royal Navy anchored in the bay. Later, as the town's fame spread, it was popular with Victorian society. Renowned for its healthful climate, the town earned the nickname the English Riviera.The writer Agatha Christie was born in the town and lived there during her early years and there is an "Agatha Christie Mile", a tour with plaques dedicated to her life and work.ToponymyTorquay's name originates in its being the quay of the ancient village of Torre. In turn, Torre takes its name from the tor, the extensively quarried remains of which can be seen by the town's Lymington Road thus giving this the original name of Torrequay, then Torkay, Torkey and Tor Quay before joining the words together to Torquay.
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When you book a room at a seafront hotel in Torquay, you can take full advantage of English Riviera's famous golden sands and clean swimming facilities, all within walking distance of the town center. Many top-quality seafront hotels offer everything from spa treatments and indoor heated swimming pools, to award-winning bars and front-facing rooms overlooking the town's waterfront promenade. For a less expensive and more romantic alternative deeper inland, consider staying at a private cottage, where you can enjoy privacy and comfort minutes from picturesque coastal paths, pubs, wine bars, and shops. 
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