Torquay's advantages as a seaside resort and destination are obvious, with no less than nine (9) sandy beaches and extremely high standards of water quality (holder of 3 European Blue Flags, more than any other English resort). Torbay enjoys a warm micro-climate that allows palm-like trees to grow readily, though these are not true palms but rather Cordyline australis - Cabbage Tree. Torquay is (in)famous as the setting of ''Fawlty Towers'', the hotel owned by Basil and Sybil Fawlty in the classic 1970s British television comedy. The coastal area of Torbay which includes Torquay, Paignton and Brixham, was given the nickname 'English Riviera' because of the large amount of sandy beaches and the relatively warm climate compared to the rest of the country. Officially known as Torbay it is almost completely made up of tourist resorts and small fishing communities. It is in a natural east facing harbour. Torquay is also known for being the place where explorer Percy Fawcett was born.