Situated between the south coast of England and the north coast of France, the Channel Islands offer visitors the chance to experience their own unique brand of Britishness with a French flavour. The main islands are Jersey and Guernsey, while the remainder of the archipelago consists of the smaller islands of Alderney, Herm and Sark.
The largest island, Jersey, and the second biggest, Guernsey, both attract visitors who are interested in their history. Due to their position in the channel, the archipelago also displays a distinctly seafaring feel. This history can be explored at the Maritime Museum on Jersey, and the island’s La Hougue Bie Museum traces its history right back to the Ice Age. On Guernsey, the German Occupation Museum tells the story of the Channel Islands during the Second World War. You can also see the German Underground Hospital within the Jersey War Tunnels.
Jersey and Guernsey both feature rocky, rugged coastlines and abundant wildlife. Sea creatures often spotted off the coast include grey seals, basking sharks, pilot whales and pods of dolphins. On land, green lizards are found, and red squirrels can still be seen on Jersey. Hotels are pretty and plentiful, the islands have a lovely mild climate, and spending time outdoors, walking or cycling are popular pastimes.
Visitors are well catered for when it comes to accommodation. There is everything from cheap Jersey hotels to luxurious 5-star properties with fine dining, spas and more. Its neighbour provides the same sort of choice, featuring everything from cheap Guernsey hotels to sophisticated, upmarket accommodation that will suit even the most discerning guest.
There are golden, sandy beaches dotted around the coastlines of Jersey and Guernsey, ideal for those who enjoy spending time sunbathing or taking a dip in the sea. Each of the two larger Channel Islands has its own fascinating capital to explore too. Jersey’s St Helier has Elizabeth Castle and the Glass Church, while St Peter Port on Guernsey has cobbled lanes, an attractive harbour and Castle Cornet.
Sark makes a great day trip. Horse and cart is the traditional way to get around, as this small island has no cars. Alderney, meanwhile, is popular with anglers as sea and coarse fishing are both available and often result in success due to the plentiful fish present in the waters. The seafood and fish available to diners on the Channel Islands are outstanding, and the British influence is felt in the abundance of fish and chip shops and tea rooms.
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