Cowes - The Home of Yachting
Cowes is the yachting centre of not only The Island, but also arguably the world. It is most famous for Cowes Week, which usually takes place in the early part of August.
A visit to Cowes is a must, not only to appreciate the colours of all the spinnakers of the competing yachts, but also to take in the electric atmosphere of the evening, crewmembers relaxing and discussing the day’s events and how they faired.
There is a good range of pubs and reputedly, Cowes has more per square mile than any other town in the UK.
There are many fine restaurants, frequented as much by the locals as by the visitors. Among the many shops offering the visitor almost anything they might require, are several specialising in local crafts. Cowes offers something for everyone, whether you enjoy shopping, fine dining, walking, fishing, birdwatching, sailing, beaches or fun for all the family.
Within the vicinity of Cowes are opportunities for cliff walking, swimming and wind surfing at the sand beaches, sailing and fishing, tennis, boat trips and bird-watching trips on the River.
Cowes has narrow streets and a wealth of chandleries, unique shops and eating venues, which cater for every need. The sea is never far away, and a walk through a narrow alley will take you to the marina, where you can stand and admire the cruisers and yachts which help to make Cowes what it is.
The harbour is busy with yachts, sailing dinghies and fishing boats of all descriptions, with a full racing schedule throughout the year, which culminates in the Cowes regatta at the end of August.
Cowes is a beautiful town, popular with sailors and holiday makers alike.