While the Isle of Wight may be small at only 23 miles long and 13 miles wide, this popular tourist destination is no shrinking violet. Journey across the Solent for a holiday on the Isle of Wight and look forward to a holiday with something for everyone.
The highly popular Cowes Week regatta is held each August on the Isle of Wight and unsurprisingly attracts experienced sailors from around the globe. Even if you’re a newcomer to this exciting sport, soak up the atmosphere on the quayside and you’ll soon be hooked. Where better for a first sailing lesson than the home of Cowes Week? And, where there’s water, there are beaches. You’ll find lots of amazing beaches to discover, 13 of which are award-winning and many have attained coveted Blue Flag status. For families hoping for a traditional seaside break, a visit to Sandown beach is a must. Look forward to safe paddling, golden sand perfect for sandcastle building and a variety of amusements close by should you need a change of pace. Compton Bay is popular with surfers due to its excellent conditions and once the tide goes out the palaeontologists take over when dinosaur footprints are visible. Have a look at our Isle of Wight cottages to choose the perfect place for your summer holiday.
Mention the Isle of Wight and it’s the iconic ‘Needles’ which first spring to mind. Head to the west of the island to view the three distinctive chalk stacks which have been moulded by the weather and sea over many years. Visit today and you can enjoy a fantastic visitor centre; take the cable car from the beach for far-reaching views over the coloured sands at Alum, watch glass being blown or enjoy hours of family fun at the amusement park. Why not find a property in Yarmouth or Freshwater for easy access to The Needles? Queen Victoria made Osborne House on the Isle of Wight her summer residence, and who can blame her? Today you can explore her summer home or discover the fascinating castles of Carisbrooke and Yarmouth for a fun-packed day out. What are you waiting for?
Head away from the gorgeous beaches and you’ll find yourself in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which covers almost half of this pretty island. You’ll find miles of unspoilt countryside, a heritage coastline and woodlands which are the chosen habitat of the red squirrel. Enjoy a walk through the island and enjoy the solitude or take to two wheels to get the adrenaline going. Lonely Planet has even chosen the island as one of the world’s best cycling destinations thanks to its varied terrain, a pretty fantastic accolade as I’m sure you’ll agree! Keen stargazers should also head to the Isle of Wight which boasts some of the darkest skies in the UK making for stellar star-spotting opportunities! However you choose to explore the island, I guarantee you’ll be back for more!
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