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More About The Channel Islands
The Channel Islands comprise the larger main islands of Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, Sark and Herm, and the smaller islands of Jethou, Brecqhou and Lihou, as well as numerous small uninhabited islands.
The largest islands of Jersey and Guernsey are popular with tourists all year round. Their mild climate and distinct culture offers visitors plenty to see and do.
In Jersey, take a trip around the capital St.Helier where the mix of high street major stores, small, independent shops and no VAT make this town a shopping haven.
For a real taste of the islands, go take in the sights (and smells) of the local fish markets and dine in one of the many authentic restaurants around the town.
Channel Islands Travel Guide
Each with their own distinct culture and mild climate, it's no wonder that the Channel Islands are popular with tourists from both England and France. Whether you're an adrenaline junkie looking for the thrill of sky diving or you just want to admire the landscape from Haut Pas, the Channel Islands have something for everyone.
The Channel Islands; Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, Sark, Herm and the smaller islands of Jethou, Brecqhou and Lihou, are all beautiful islands of the northern coast of France, near Normandy. Almost completely separate from the UK and France, the Channel Islands are incredibly unique and full of culture and independence. Jersey, the largest of the islands, has the most hours of sunshine per year and long, sandy beaches whilst Guernsey, the second largest, is highlighted by the Haut Pas, a high plateau that overlooks the whole of the island.
the Channel Islands are incredibly unique and full of culture and independence
From skydiving to jet skiing, the Channel Islands has it all whether you're looking for a adrenalin-pumping adventure or relaxing day on the beach.
Travel on the Channel Islands
Although the Jersey and Guernsey railways closed almost 70 years ago, there are still buses and planes that will take you from A to B. However, if you want to do a bit of island-hopping, then jump on one of the ferries that travel between the main islands of Jersey and Guernsey and the French port of St. Malo.
Things to See
In Jersey, take a trip around the capital St.Helier where the mix of high street major stores, small, independent shops and no VAT make this town a shopping haven. For a real taste of the islands, go take in the sights (and smells) of the local fish markets and dine in one of the many authentic restaurants around the town.
St Helier is also the home of many museums about the town, including the Maritime Museum and the Occupation Museum - the Channel Islands were the only part of the British Commonwealth to be occupied by German troops during World War II. The island also played home to a concentration camp during World War II and there are exhibits about this, and the prehistoric home of woolly Mammoths, at the Jersey Museum.
For the less active, why not go to Guernsey and see Le Petit Pré, a gorgeous bird sanctuary with beautiful surrounding meadows or Castle Cornet, a stunning fortress that has been on the island for almost 800 years!
When you go to the Channel Islands, you are stepping back into history: these Islands are the last remaining remnants of the Duchy of Normandy (which, for all those who spelt through history, is where William the Conqueror came from). Therefore, the Queen is still referred to as the Duke of Normandy and is toasted with the words "The Queen, our Duke!" as opposed to the more usual words "Her Majesty, the Queen".
When you go to the Channel Islands, you are stepping back into history.
Even more strangely for UK tourists, Guernsey and Jersey actually have two completely different governments and currencies (though don't fear, UK currency will still be accepted!). Like we said before - it's like stepping back into history.
You might like to know that both Jersey and Guernsey have active branches of the Campaign for Real Ale. As a result, it is becoming increasingly easier to find local real ale on the islands - a happy fact for lovers of good ale everywhere! Guernsey has even developed its first real ale, brewed by Randall's Guernsey.
Jersey is not without its fair share of ghost stories either. Legend tells of the Black Dog of Bouley Bay. This hellish hound, alleged to have eyes the size of dinner plates, is said to have paralysed its victims with fear with the sounds of its chain before running faster and faster round them. It has to be said, however, that it was obviously a softie at heart - no-one was ever actually injured by this dog, just slightly scared! You could even begin to wonder if it was just a rouse dreamt up by smugglers to prevent nosy locals from stumbling across their illicit activity. Either way, you are probably best to stay tucked up at night, unless you find yourself cowering against a hedge because of the world's largest, most excitable puppy.
Jersey is not without its fair share of ghost stories
The beauty of the Channel Islands does not end with the larger island of Jersey and Guernsey; explore the Channel Islands' hidden treasures, Alderney, Herm and Sark.
The smaller islands are incredibly beautiful, with many undiscovered, unspoilt beaches and places where you feel as if you are the only one on the island. All are so easy to get to by boat and while you're out there, why not catch your dinner? Take a trip out and catch a sea bass or two for a delicious meal.