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Newquay sits on the southwest peninsula of England and is home to some of the best beaches, weather, surfing and cream teas anywhere in the UK.

Why hire a car at Newquay airport?

That all important first mile - driving out of Newquay airport:

60-second guide to Newquay airport

in its own head

"A dramatic coastline, the country's best beaches, ancient moorland and a whole town-full of Rick Stein restaurants - we've got it all. In fact, we should be an independent country. Now there's a thought..."

but more realistically

Yep, some locals do want Cornwall to become a nation in its own right, but for now you won't need your passport to enjoy a thriving gastronomic scene, great nightlife and, of course, some of the most beautiful landscapes in the UK.

the vibe

With all those surfers hanging out, Cornwall can't help feeling nicely chilled. It's remote and there's little hustle and bustle but boring it most certainly isn't.

the natives

The locals of this region are used to visitors; expect a warm Cornish welcome.

the weather

Thanks to its position on the south west coast, the lucky people of this county enjoy the mildest climate in Britain as well as the shortest winters.

the local speciality

The Cornish pasty, of course - or oggy, as they call it in these parts. According to tradition, the meat, potato and pastry combo was originally made for tin miners who, covered in filth and unable to wash their hands, would hold the pasty by its crust and eat the rest.

the celebrity

A raft of A-listers, from Prince William and Hugh Grant to Nicole Kidman and Kate Winslet have been known to descend upon Cornwall.

did you know?

Wherever you go in Cornwall, you're never more than 16 miles from the sea.

they say

"I love Cornwall. It's not England."- DH Lawrence

Newquay airport Q&A

Where are the car hire desks?

Car hire desks or, if you’re travelling at weekends, meet and greet staff from the rental company, will be waiting for you in the arrivals hall.

What should I buy at duty free?

There are no duty free stores at Newquay airport, but mercifully you can still pick up some Cornish fudge from the gift shop.

Are there any cashpoints?

There is a cash machine available in the check-in area of the terminal.

Where's the best place to eat?

There are two coffee bars selling snacks and drinks in the airport, but with only a ten minute drive between you and the coast, fish and chips are never far away.

The secret tip

In the last few years there’s been an increase in muggings (from Seagulls), particularly of tourists. Until all of the seagulls responsible have been apprehended, it’s best to keep your Cornetto and your chips under cover.

Newquay airport the gateway to...

Port Isaac

Distance: 21 miles

Pick up your car rental at Newquay Airportand drive into Doc Martin country. This picturesque fishing village has been the setting for the popular soap and led to many a tourist wanting to relocate here permanently. The whitewashed houses, turquoise waters of the bay and friendly locals make this a really special place to visit.

Wreck diving in the Celtic Sea

Distance: 4 miles

There are over twenty wrecks lying at the bottom of the Celtic Sea just off the coast of Cornwall. For divers, this is one of the best sites in the UK to get up close and personal with these spooky, fascinating and unique homes for marine life. Diving trips are available with Atlantic Diver on Ulalia Road in Newquay.

Booby’s Bay

Distance: 15 miles

If you can surf, then Booby’s Bay is the beach for you. With challenging tides and a wide cove, this spot is popular with surfers from all over the UK. Interestingly, it is not a nudist beach as its name may suggest - great waves, no nudes.

Newquay airport the gateway to...

Port Isaac

Distance: 21 miles

Pick up your car rental at Newquay Airportand drive into Doc Martin country. This picturesque fishing village has been the setting for the popular soap and led to many a tourist wanting to relocate here permanently. The whitewashed houses, turquoise waters of the bay and friendly locals make this a really special place to visit.

Wreck diving in the Celtic Sea

Distance: 4 miles

There are over twenty wrecks lying at the bottom of the Celtic Sea just off the coast of Cornwall. For divers, this is one of the best sites in the UK to get up close and personal with these spooky, fascinating and unique homes for marine life. Diving trips are available with Atlantic Diver on Ulalia Road in Newquay.

Booby’s Bay

Distance: 15 miles

If you can surf, then Booby’s Bay is the beach for you. With challenging tides and a wide cove, this spot is popular with surfers from all over the UK. Interestingly, it is not a nudist beach as its name may suggest - great waves, no nudes.