The Isle of Wight is set off the south coast of England. It is a county of England offering many attractions such as scenic landscapes - more than half of the island is within the Isle of Wight Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, dramatic coastlines, wildlife and distinctive landmarks. The island is a resort, very accessible by regular ferry services from the cities of Southampton and Portsmouth, in south England. The town of Cowes hosts sailing international competitions namely Cowes Week. Other popular activities in the Isle of Wight are rowing and cycling.
Population: around 140 thousand inhabitants
Other major cities: Cowes, East Cowes, Ryde, Sandown, Shanklin, Ventnor
Main attractions: The Needles landmark attraction, The Needles Old Battery and New Battery, Isle of Wight Steam Railway, Newtown National Nature Reserve, Alum Bay, Steephill Cove, St. Helens Duver, Cowes Week (largest sailing regatta), Carisbrooke Castle, Shanklin Chine, Blackgang Chine, St. Catherine’s Lighthouse, St. Catherine’s Oratory, Osborne House, Norris Castle, Isle of Wight Zoo, Amazon World Zoo Park, Dinosaur Isle Museum, Newport Roman Villa
Nearest Airports: Southampton Airport (SOU); Gatwick Airport (LGW)