Despite the fact that it is known few about the ancient and early medieval history of the town of Cornwall — this region has a rich heritage, that attracts thousands of tourists every year. The North coast of Cornwall is a Paradise for surfers and professionals with excellent beaches and the idly-bustling surfing capital of Newquay. In 1876, with the development of the railway, Newquay firmly established its position as a popular tourist resort. There are stunning beaches — the most popular Festal, is the venue for many international surfing competitions. The village of Port Isaac is 19.78 miles (ca. 32 km) from Newquay and can be reached in 40 minutes by car.