Newquay

The cliffs, sandy bays, and rolling fields of North Cornwall provide the perfect setting for a UK holiday or short break - the harbour town of Newquay is an ideal base for a Cornish getaway.

Situated almost halfway along the Cornish north coast, between Land's End and the border with Devon, Newquay is synonymous with surfing, and more recently, kite-surfing, with its coastline providing waves for all levels of boardriders. The world surfing championships are held on Fistral Beach, with the sand reef and headland providing excellent left-to-right waves that can be relied on all year round. But you don't have to be adorned with beads, bleached hair and flip-flops, and talk waves and wind all day to enjoy this increasingly popular UK attraction - there's plenty for couples and families too.

Walkers will find ample opportunities to stretch their legs here as Newquay sits bang in the middle of the South West Coast Path which runs between Minehead in Somerset and Poole in Dorset. North Cornwall provides some of the most spectacular scenery on this route with expansive, sandy beaches, towering cliffs, picturesque fishing villages, evidence of Bronze Age settlements, and even castles such as the famous UK attraction Tintagel Castle in one of the UK's most spectacular settings.

Cyclists will also find plenty to get excited about with the Cornish Way, and Atlantic Highway offering some of the most challenging, and yet rewarding, rides in the UK, while numerous guesthouses, inns and camp sites provide often welcome refuge for tired legs.

Back on the sea, and for those whose pleasures can be found under the waves, Newquay provides the perfect HQ for a diving or fishing break.

Record breaking conger eels are often caught off the rugged Cornish coast that has claimed many ships and boats that afford the perfect home to this fearsome sub-marine predator, the biggest of which to be caught with a rod was 60.45kg. Shark fishing is also available, while bream, pollack, plaice and mackerel provide game for those who like less of a struggle landing their dinner.

Divers can immerse themselves in the myriad wrecks 33 metres under off of Towan Head, including incredible hulks of HMS Vesuvius, HMS Obdam, while the reef of Medusa Rock - so named because of its multitude of sea fans - provides a more natural milieu.

As well as gifting a perfect staging post for visits to the picturesque fishing ports of Boscastle, and Padstow, home of TV chef Rick Stein's simply-named The Seafood Restaurant, Newquay has plenty to keep visitors of all ages fed and watered after the sun goes down.

The Harbour restaurant serves up some of the best spider crab in the UK, while other eateries serve up everything from local Cornish delicacies, to perhaps more familiar traditional American fare...Burger King. Self caterers will find a well-stocked and unobtrusive Sainsbury supermarket between the bus station and Fistral Beach, but a harbour tour with mackerel fishing (£5.00) can provide more than enough for a family barbeque on the beach.

For twenty-four hour party people, Newquay's clubs play host to some of the UK's top DJs, with sunrise on the beach offering the perfect end to the night at the start of the day.