A natural curve in the headland provided shelter allowing a small fishing village to survive at this point on the north coast, known as Towan Blystra (Towan means sand hill in Cornish and Blystra means blown). However, the harbour was still open to the wind from the North East and so in 1439 a new quay was built, and Towan Blystra became Newquay.
For hundreds of years Newquay relied on fishing and pilchard shoals, but that all changed when the railway arrived, bringing with it tourists and industrialisation. Now tin, lead and china clay, as well as fish could be loaded onto trains and taken to all parts of Britain. In the late 19th/20th centuries, hotels and guest houses began to spring up, as wealthy tourists flocked from towns and cities inland to take advantage of the balmy air and golden beaches.
Today Newquay is one of the main holiday centres in the south west. The beautiful beaches are still attracting families, surfers and those that want to get away from it all. Newquay also has a thriving nightlife with clubs and pubs lining the main street. Atlantic Reach is close enough to Newquay to experience its beauty but also far enough away to relax in the tranquillity of the countryside. Choosing our self catering villas means you really do have your own Cornish oasis.