The Isle of Wight boasts a rare medley of exquisite beaches, quaint towns and picturesque countryside, attracting a huge number of holidaymakers each year. A good chunk of visitors to the island arrive in the bustling seaside town of Cowes, on the island's northern tip. Cowes Harbour is an exciting spot that combines natural beauty with a unique and enchanting ambience. With plenty of fabulous hotels in town, there are few better places to take some time out than in Cowes.
Visiting by Sea
The Isle of Wight and the neighbouring Solent are popular spots with sailors, and the harbour at Cowes offers an inviting stop-off point. Cowes Harbour provides ample facilities for visiting yachtsmen, from water and fuelling points to bars with panoramic views across the Medina and across the Solent.
Get in on the Action
No matter what time of year it is, there's sure to be something going on in the busy sailing town of Cowes. Most weekends, visitors can expect to be entertained by a race of some kind. While the bulk of the town's boats sit in the River Medina, in the harbour, the best place to watch the racing is from the esplanade and beach on the North Coast of the town.
Explore the High Street
Peeling away from the picturesque harbour, visitors can take a stroll along the pedestrianised high street. The quaint town is always buzzing, come rain or shine. Here, visitors can browse the wealth of independent shops and grab a bite to eat in any one of many small cafés, many of which serve locally sourced seafood.
Take a Boat Ride
Being so close to the water, it would be shame not to get out on a boat. Fortunately, there's plenty of opportunity to do so from Cowes. There are a number of charter services running from the harbour, as well as speedboat rides. For something more gentle, take the water taxi up the River Medina to Island Harbour, the Fowey Inn, or Newport.
Accommodation in Cowes
Cowes houses some of the best hotels on the Isle of Wight. Visitors can take their pick from the grand, historic buildings on the north coast, or the intimate and friendly guesthouses which pepper the eastern coast, most of which have fabulous views overlooking the river.