With the Easter holidays fast approaching many of us are planning our breaks around the school and the bank holidays. Many of us like to get away for the Easter and enjoy a bit of a break from the start of the year. Unfortunately this makes it a very buy time of year for travel and the roads and resorts around the UK are often crowded. With that in mid we decided to look at short breaks to Devon for this Easter as its often quieter than other more popular destinations like Cornwall while still giving you a great opportunity for a break.

            We’ll start in the north of the county and work our way south. The north Devon coast is amongst the finest in the country with some beautiful beaches, fantastic surfing spots and rugged cliffs. The best beaches can be found around Woolacombe with Saunton sands and Croyde being amongst the finest surfing spots in the country. Here the rolling sand dunes and beautiful bays create a great location for relaxing while the Atlantic swells break across the coast. Further along the coast we come to the greatest section of coastline with the area around Ilfracombe and Watermouth being a great area to walk with dramatic cliffs and plenty of fantastic seaside resorts to explore.

            Slightly inland we come to the stunning Exmoor which is one of the country’s finest national parks. The broad moors and beautiful valleys of Exmoor are a great place to walk and explore. The stunning towns and villages offering great pubs and fantastic out of the way holiday cottages in Devon to relax and unwind in. On Exmoor you can visit the fantastic Tarr steps and the beautiful Lake Wimbleball reservoir. For towns South Molton is particularly pleasant but for the best shopping head south to Honiton with its fantastic antique shops and quaint tea shops that line the town centre. A great place for some Easter holiday spoiling of yourself.

            Heading south we come to the beautiful city of Exeter with is stunning cathedral and vibrant shopping centre. The city is a great place to spend an afternoon with the medieval streets around the cathedral being particularly beautiful. From here we head west to the incredible Dartmoor national park. Dartmoor is a picturesque and beautiful place with wide expanses of Moorland and thick forests. The babbling brooks and rivers make for great walks and there are plenty of opportunities for their outdoor activities. Heading southwest we hit the beautiful south coast with its traditional seaside towns and beautiful scenery. Dartmouth itself with its estuary is beautiful and surrounding towns like Sidmouth are a beautiful place to unwind and soak in the southern sun.

            Finally heading along the cost we come to the bustling port of Plymouth with its huge shipyards and strong navy presence. The naval history of the city is widely evident here with the beautiful harbor, the costa defense in the bay and the impressive fortress (now flats unfortunately). The area around the estuary is fantastic to explore and the harbourside and the Ho are very pretty to walk around. Also be sure not to miss the aquarium with its fantastic selection of local and exotic sea life.