One of the best kept secrets of North Devon, Croyde has become very popular with the surfing community, thanks to the awesome swells that the Atlantic creates at this point of the coastline. If you are planning a holiday in North Devon, you simply must visit this sleepy little village, which, according to local folklore, gets its name from Viking raiders.
The Gold Coast Oceanfest
This amazing festival takes place in mid-June, which is a great time to sample the hospitality that Croyde is famous for. Music, surfing and beach sports all take place, and you will need to book your tickets early, as this festival is very popular. There are affordable Croyde holiday cottages to rent, so accommodation is no problem, but you should book early if you are planning on going during the festival.
The National Marine Aquarium
This is a must-visit place, with the largest ocean tank in the UK, you can see several species of sharks and rays, along with many different kinds of marine life. A great place to take the kids, as the aquarium is very educational, and you might see large groups of school children who visit as part of their outdoor curriculum.
Great Hilltop Walks
A clifftop walk to Baggy Point will become a daily activity, and no matter how many times you do it, you will see something different every time. If you fancy and extended hike, Saunton Sands is well within walking distance and offers stunning views of vast expanses of beach. In fact, Croyde is the ideal place to base your holiday, as there are many local attractions nearby, and by renting a country cottage you can immerse yourself in the slow way of life that this part of the country is known for. No one rushes in Croyde!
Don’t make the mistake of turning up and expecting to find accommodation, at least not in Summer! High season travellers are advised to book a few months in advance, as the best cottages are snapped up by canny travellers who know how the system works. Stepping into Croyde is like travelling back in time, with quaint streets and tea shops everywhere, you would never know if its the 21st century or back in the days where men declare love through poems and hand-written letters.