Fowey is situated on the west bank of the River Fowey on the south coast of Cornwall between Looe and Mevagissey. Designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Fowey has a unique charm which holds a special fascination for visitors of all ages.
Quaint cottages, narrow steep winding streets with glimpses of the shimmering river below, busy with yachts and boats; cobbled walkways perfumed with flowers from hanging baskets and window boxes and the quays bustling with life, all help to enchant the holidaymaker, many of whom choose to visit us year after year.
Fowey is not only a beautiful town with a fabulous history but also a thriving commercial seaport. The town's natural harbour is a haven for yachtsmen and attracts a multitude of sailing dinghies, yachts, schooners and motor launchers.
The Fowey Estuary has to be one of the most attractive and unspoilt parts of Britain's south coast. The peaceful Fowey River is surrounded by many miles of lovely open countryside, much of which is in the ownership of the National Trust.
Situated on the opposite bank of the river, is the village of Polruan which is easily reached by the regular foot passenger ferry from Fowey. Further up the river there is a car ferry which runs between Fowey and Bodinnick on the other side of the river.
There are many lovely walks around the Estuary with its quiet waters, green woodland and mass of wildlife which can be enjoyed all the year round. In fact, more and more people are coming to the Estuary out of the main season to experience the more rugged aspect of Cornwall. The sight of the river when the winter gales are raging can be quite spectacular and perhaps, at times, a little too exciting for the competitive sailors and yachtsmen, to say nothing of those whose livelihood is connected with the water!
Stepping outside the Estuary presents the walker, sailor and holidaymaker alike with a very wide choice of both man-made entertainment and the natural beauty of the county, from the rugged north coast with its surfing beaches to the much softer south coast with its small sandy coves.
Fowey is a popular destination for holidaymakers and boasts an excellent selection of quality shops, galleries and restaurants. There is certainly something for everyone.
Eating out can range from a gourmet meal in one of the many first class restaurants that the county has to offer to local ale and a pasty in a sleepy Cornish country pub.
The world famous author, Dame Daphne Du Maurier spent most of her life in the area and a festival is held in the town each May, which is a celebration of her life and work.
Fowey Regatta week, in August, is a hugely popular event, with competitive sailing events, a street carnival, the Red Arrows display and much more.