Cowes is well known as the UK's premier yaching centre and in the season bustles with sailors from all over the world. The High Street is free of traffic throughout the day and is home to many individual shops, restaurants, cafes, boutiques and art galleries.
A chain-ferry across the Medina River links West to East Cowes where a visit to Osborne House, the holiday residence of Queen Victoria, is a 'must do' trip.
Public tennis courts are in the grounds of nearby Northwood House.
Cycle hire is available in the High Street.
Sailing courses are run throughout the year (prior booking is essential).
There is a golf course in Cowes as well as at Osborne House and other locations round the Island.
A good bus service from Cowes, via Newport, opens up the whole Island from Yarmouth to Bembridge.
The Isle of Wight
The Isle of Wight is a perfect place to enjoy a relaxing break at any time of the year. It is a beautiful island, steeped in history, with 60 miles of stunning unspoilt scenery, sandy beaches and a wealth of attractions to suit all ages and tastes.
Events, including the Garlic Festival, Walking Festival, Yarmouth Old Gaffers Festival of the Sea and various music festivals are some of the many highlights taking place throughout the year.
International sailing regattas are held on the Solent of which Cowes Week in August is a world famous yachting event.