The main event on the Isle of Wight, Cowes is the place to be for up and coming restaurants, shops and cafes. A sailing haven at the north tip of the island, the town offers up plenty to see and do for water-loving visitors and land-lubbers alike. The ferry from Southampton docks here so you’ll more than likely catch a glimpse of the town on your way through and hopefully will come back for more. A lot of visitors to Cowes will come for Cowes Week: a weeklong sailing jaunt around the island, playing host to the biggest names in the sailing world and some beautiful yachts to admire and aspire to. Cowes benefits from sitting at the mouth of the River Medina, there are plenty of boats travelling backwards and forwards through its waters. Find a quiet spot to sit and watch or get out in the action by hiring your own.
A short hop across the river on the ferry gets you to East Cowes, the quieter sister of Cowes and home to Queen Victoria’s summer home, Osborne House. Perfect for a family day out exploring the fascinating history of one of Britain’s longest reigning monarchs. Just south from Cowes you’ll find Newport. As the island’s biggest town, Newport has a whole host of things to do; shopping, eating, drinking, there are some amazing new places to visit. Cowes is a great location to visit the smaller towns of Seaview, Bembridge and St Helens to the east of the isle.