The Channel Islands – holidays closer to home
Just off the Normandy coast, the Channel Islands are a short hop away from Britain and mainland Europe. Their mild winters, warm summers and long hours of sunshine make them ideal year-round destination for short breaks and longer holidays. Ideal for those who enjoy great food, beautiful countryside and a rather slower pace of life.
Jersey - a small island with a big personality!
Full of natural beauty the breath-taking coastline has 20 beaches to explore with rugged cliffs in the north and long swathes of golden sand in the south. Inland you will find flower filled meadows, undulating farmland and leafy hidden valleys all linked by tranquil country lanes. The capital is St Helier and, whilst small, it is a cosmopolitan harbour town and the main focus for the island's shopping, eating, entertainment and nightlife.
Getting around is easy. For maximum flexibility, hire a car to seek out the hidden beaches, explore the glorious coastline and find some off the beaten track places. Even without a car, an extensive bus network operates around the island allowing you to explore the main places of interest. Jersey is a great destination for walking and cycling with 45 miles of 'Green Lanes' where pedestrians and cyclists take priority over cars.
Geographically closer to France than England, Jersey is a unique blend of continental flair and reassuringly familiar scenes. It's British pounds and French place names, cream teas and croissants, Breton-style seafood and traditional beach cafes. When it comes to food, Jersey's reputation as a foodie island is growing and growing embracing everything from Michelin starred restaurants, chic bistros and gastro pubs to great value coastal cafes and fish and chips. Add a mild climate, easy travel by air or sea together and great value offers, and it's easy to see why Jersey's hard to beat.
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Guernsey – truly British with French flair!
Today, the island increasingly attracts families seeking a traditional holiday with fabulous beaches, a wide range of activities away from theme parks, with short flights or sea crossings and no fuss on arrival. Couples are discovering that Guernsey is a cool place with some romantic hideaways and stylish restaurants.
St Peter Port is Guernsey’s capital with a sparkling marina full of yachts and fishing boats and it’s the departure point for ferries to the neighbouring islands of Herm and Sark. Along the waterfront there are bars, cafés, restaurants and some secret smugglers’ passageways that lead into the centre of the town. Here, it’s great to potter among the galleries and individual boutique shops selling clothes, jewellery, shoes and antiques.
Writers and artists have been inspired by Guernsey: Victor Hugo was exiled on Guernsey for 15 years where he completed Les Miserables and Renoir painted canvasses here, mesmerised by the “shimmering light” of Moulin Huet Bay.
Herm & Sark - Small islands with lots to offer!
Sark is easily reached by boat from Guernsey and Jersey, there are no cars and getting about is on foot, by bicycle or by horse drawn trap. This is a place of real natural beauty and a step back in time. The formal gardens of La Seigneurie are worth a visit and you’ll find cafés, restaurants and souvenir shops on The Avenue. The Visitors Centre tells the island’s story including that of the two-person prison!
Sark has been designated the world’s first dark sky island – look out for star gazing classes.
Herm is a tiny island straight out of a fairy-tale with masses of wild flowers and a rather famous beach.At just 1½ miles long you can walk around Herm in two hours or less. Walking paths take you across a common, past dolmens, through a farm, and past the amazing white Shell Beach made up of fragments of tiny shell brought here by the Gulfstream. Between May and July watch out for puffins who choose to nest here. There are no cars, children can roam freely and safely and it’s just a 20 minute boat ride from Guernsey. Herm is a former winner of the Britain in Bloom award! In summer you can tour the islands gardens. An unspoilt paradise and a secret little part of Great Britain.
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