Isle of Wight - Cowes
Fantastic for anyone interested in sailing
Wide range of small, good quality local shops
Good choice of pubs and restaurants
More expensive than other resorts on the Island
The internationally renowned sailing town of Cowes is a great base for a holiday. With views across the Solent, quirky local shops and plenty of cafes, pubs and restaurants, Cowes has lots to offer everyone, even those who are firm land-lubbers!
Cowes offers ample opportunity for strolling around the seafront and watching boats and yachts of all shapes and sizes coming and going.
There's always lots of sailing activity centred around Cowes Yacht Haven. Every year in June there's the Round the Island Race where thousands of yachts put on a fantastic spectacle as they race round the IOW. And, of course, in August the whole of Cowes takes on an international feel during Cowes week.
Cowes Week started in 1826, and since then has grown and grown to become one of the world's most famous sailing regattas. Nowadays, it stages up to 40 daily races for around 1,000 boats and is the largest sailing regatta of its kind in the world. Away from the water, there's always plenty going on, from street entertainers to live bands and beer tents.