Torquay has been a holiday hotspot since the French wars of the 18th century fired its development as a watering place; touring Europe at the time was suddenly not such a good idea. In the Victorian era, rows of sea-view villas popped up (look out for them still stacked up like dominoes on the steeply sloping hills), and the Prince of Wales bagged a few sailing victories in the regattas. The modern sailing incarnation, August’s Torbay Regatta, still sees hundreds of vessels competing in races.