The attractive old town of Marazion is a popular destination for beach holidays and water sports, including windsurfing, kite-surfing and sailing. The name Marazion has erroneously been referred to as Market Jew but is believed to be derived from the old Cornish Marghaisewe, meaning Thursday market. The quaint town claims to be one of the oldest in Britain. It was known as Ictis by the Romans.
Mount’s Bay is one of the most beautiful bays in the world. The clean, sandy beaches offer safe bathing, and there are wonderful views towards the Lizard Peninsula, in one direction, and Land’s End in the other. There are many lovely walks in the area, both coastal and inland.
On Marazion Green, the ghost of a lady in white is seen to jump onto a horse behind a horseman and gallop as far as Red River, This was where Sir John Arundell, Sheriff of Cornwall, was killed whilst leading an attack on St Michael’s Mount in 1471, after the Mount had been seized by the Earl of Oxford. Apparently Sir John’s death was no surprise as he had been cursed by a shepherd who claimed to have been wrongfully imprisoned.