There are more than 50 Plymouths scattered across the globe, but this city by the sea is the mother of them all. Sitting in one of the world's biggest and most spectacular natural harbours, the City of Plymouth has an extraordinary blend of the old and new. A place with a rich maritime past, it has never been afraid to look beyond the horizon in search of something new. It is the largest city on the south coast and attracts millions of visitors who want to trace the footsteps of the Pilgrim Fathers or see where Drake calmly finished his game of bowls as the Armada came into view. Today's Plymothians enjoy shopping and leisure facilities unrivalled in the region and revel in the attractions on their doorstep. With magnificent moorlands on the northern edge of the city, some of the best beaches in Europe to the west of Plymouth and pretty South Hams hamlets to the East, it is no surprise the city has a quality of life that few others can match. It's not just about location. The air is cleaner, traffic is lighter and it consistently scores highly in quality of life surveys.