Ilfracombe, England, United Kingdom
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The rugged cliffs of the North Devon coast are some of the highest in England. Hidden between them, the secluded coves and golden sandy beaches hint at the natural beauty that abounds in this corner of the country. Just inland, the vast Exmoor National Park is renowned for its pure, unspoiled countryside. Ilfracombe itself is known for its whitewashed houses and Victorian terraces. A class above many British seaside resorts, Ilfracombe is home to a giant Damien Hirst sculpture, delightful rock pools and many fine restaurants. The town’s bustling harbor is enclosed by cottages and makes for a welcome introduction to this fine English port. However you choose to spend your time in Ilfracombe, you won’t go far without stumbling upon Devonshire cream tea, which is serious business in this corner of the world. A variation on afternoon tea, this indulgent English institution is about far more than just the warm, comforting beverage. Enjoyed as a hearty snack or light meal, black tea is taken with cream and served with a buttery scone and jam. A tip for the truly indulgent: Finish your tea with a slice of cake.