One of the biggest attractions of Newquay is its miles of beaches, all patrolled by lifeguards in the summer and perfect for families and watersports enthusiasts. Fistral is the UK's most famous surfing beach and people can be found riding the waves here all year round. Major surfing competitions are held here and the beachside complex includes everything you need - parking, restaurant, cafe, showers, toilets and shops. The golf course behind the sand dunes (once a lead mine!) preserves the beauty of the area.
The beaches of Towan, Great Western and Tolcarne, which join together at low tide, are popular with families. Standing guard over Towan is Jago's Island, which has had a house on it since the start of the twentieth century. Tolcarne offers beachside dining, shops and colourful bathing huts. Just around the corner is privately-owned Lusty Glaze, a beautiful stretch of sand with excellent facilities. A short drive northwards you will find Porth, Mawgan Porth and Watergate, all providing plenty of space for you to find your own little piece of paradise. South of Fistral are Crantock and Holywell Bay.
The river Gannel acts as a natural boundary in the West and in the East it is surrounded by the Porth Valley. This land of surfing is an ideal destination for many to spend their summer holidays. Newquay is known as the surf-capital of Britain. The place was occupied from the 3rd century BC to the 5th century AD. The remnants of the Iron Age and the Bronze Age can be seen at Newquay. Amongst the ruins of past civilization one can see both the burial mounds and an embankment known as The Barrow Fields. Trethellan farm is a place that overlooks the river Gannel and reflects the ruins of the Bronze Age.
The shipbuilding industry at Newquay gave the town its much necessary impetus for growth. However finally it is tourism that filled the void when shipbuilding declined and the people increasingly began working on the varied facilities needed to service tourism and its development.
The Newquay harbour acts as a shield against the inclement weather and a small village grew up around it. Till the 20th century the place was quite famous for fishing pilchards and there is a "Huer's Hut" from where a look out will cry out to the fleets if piltchards were spotted. The place is extremely well connected with road, rail and air.