Sister cities of Torquay
Torquay // is a seaside town in the unitary authority area of Torbay and ceremonial county of Devon, England. It lies 22 miles (35 km) south of the county town of Exeter along the A380 on the north of Torbay, 38 miles (61 km) north-east of Plymouth, adjoining the neighbouring town of Paignton on the west of the bay and across from the fishing port of Brixham. Torquay's population of 63,998 during the 2001 UK Census made it the third largest settlement in Devon.
The town's economy was initially based upon fishing and agriculture, as in the case of Brixham across Torbay, but, in the early 19th century, the town began to develop into a fashionable seaside resort, initially frequented by members of the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars while the Royal Navy anchored in the bay and later by the crème de la crème of Victorian society as the town's fame spread. Renowned for its healthful climate, the town earned the nickname of the English Riviera and favourable comparisons to Montpellier.
Torquay was the home of the writer Agatha Christie, who lived most of her life there. The town contains an "Agatha Christie Mile", a tour with plaques dedicated to her life and work.
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