The hilly Georgian harbor town of Cowes is most famous for Cowes Week, one of the longest running and biggest annual sailing regattas in the world. Started in 1826, the regatta still sails every July and August. During that time you can see vintage sailboats lining Cowes’ waterfronts. Cowes’ must-see sight is Queen Victoria’s royal hideaway of Osborne House, built in 1845 and the place where she died in 1901. The extravagantly decorated rooms include the stunning Durbar Room, and the gardens are a great place to relax or for children to play.