IT’S EASY TO GET ABSORBED BY THIS NOVEL TOWN
Perched on the west side of the mouth of an estuary, beautiful Fowey is Cornwall at its picture-perfect best. It has been an important port for centuries and once gained its wealth from the export of China clay. Now the town—whose name rhymes with “joy”—is a busy working port, bustling holiday town, and haven for yachts. If it looks like the stuff novels are made of, that’s because it is. Celebrated author Daphne du Maurier was once a resident and a literary festival is held every spring in her honor.
A town that has been around since before 1300 is bound to have some stories. Explore Fowey’s rich maritime history strolling through the old town past medieval and Georgian buildings and pretty pastel houses. Explore narrow winding streets lined with lovely hotels, delis, and bespoke boutiques. And thanks to a bit of a culinary renaissance in the town, foodies will be more than satisfied with the bistros, cafés, and restaurants serving up the best in local produce and dishes, such as Fowey River mussels.
When you think “Riviera”, the Cornish Riviera may not be what immediately comes to mind, but with the country’s longest stretch of coastline, Cornwall's beaches are among the best in the UK and beyond. Paddle the still tranquil waters of the estuary or stop for afternoon tea and scones at the Fowey Hotel, a quintessential English tradition. Take the ferry at Bodinnick across the harbor to nearby Polruan and visit the stunning Cliffside Headland Garden for one of the most spectacular panoramic views of the harbor and estuary.
Explore Fowey as only Azamara can deliver it—authentic and intimate, reflecting the local spirit and embracing the local way of life, the best way to discover the special charms of this hidden gem. It’s easy to fall in love with Fowey, this coastal village that’s as quaint as they come.
St. Catherine’s Castle
St. Catherine’s Castle
Stroll along the Esplanade to St. Catherine’s Castle, a small medieval artillery fort built in the 1530s during the reign of Henry VIII as part of a larger coastal defense system. Perched atop a rocky headland high above the entrance to the Fowey estuary, the castle is spectacularly positioned, offering incredible views of the town and harbor. Take the short path up from Readymoney Cove, a small, sheltered, sandy beach with rock pools, crystal-clear water, and a stunning backdrop of its own.
Imagine being able to wander the orange and lemon trees of California, the olive groves and knotted vines of the Mediterranean, and hemp, sunflowers, and other plants all under the Cornish sun. Nestled in a huge crater a short drive from Fowey is the Eden Project, massive Biomes housing the largest rainforest in captivity, stunning plants, and global gardens. Some call it the Eighth Wonder of the World. Others describe it as epic, dramatic, and mind-blowing. Stroll above the treetops on a rainforest canopy walkway or brave the SkyWire, England’s longest zipline. A fascinating location and award-winning attraction that allows you to travel ecological environments of the world.
Small in size, big on history. Housed in one of the oldest buildings in Fowey dating back to the 15th century, the Fowey Museum is full of interesting artifacts showcasing the rich history of this harbor town and its inhabitants. The museum holds an interesting collection Mayoral Regalia, costumes, old photographs, models of old sailing ships, and postcards, and is a must-see for fans of author Daphne du Maurier, whose short story, The Birds, was made into a film by Alfred Hitchcock.
Fowey, UK At a glance