The Channel Islands are famously known for its two larger islands Jersey and Guernsey. But did you know that the Channel Islands also include the islands of Alderney, Sark and even smaller islands such as Herm, Jethou and Breqhou? They are all located just off the Normandy coast in between France and the UK. The islands are most famous for its interesting political structure, in addition to the tax system. All off the islands make for a lovely holiday spot and with our guide to the Channel Islands, you will definitely put them on your list for your next break.
Jersey is the largest of all the Channel Islands, with a population of just over 100,000. This island is a great sport for a holiday, as it has everything to offer for every member of the family. Both historical sights and fun attractions – Jersey is the perfect island and not too far from home. With a flight time of 55 minutes to London Gatwick and options to travel by ferry, travel to this main Channel Island is quick. With its French influences and ‘moules frites’ as the most popular dish, you can escape the UK on this island. Jersey has many attractions like Aquasplash or the Durrell Wildlife Park to visit for the kids, and interesting sights such as the Grosnez Castle or heritage site La Hougue Bie Museum.
Stay at: St Brelade’s Bay Hotel, a newly refurbished hotel with period details and unforgettable sea views.
Eat at: Oyster Box for chic-casual dining with a menu of local seafood.
Guernsey lies towards the South West of Jersey and has a population of around 63,000 and some of the most spectacular scenery. With its magnificent Castle Cornet and many fortifications, Guernsey is a perfect location for history fans. It has some great local shops and the island is perfect for longer strolls. The island is buzzy in the Summer but lovely for a quiet visit in the colder seasons. Furthermore, the many surrounding smaller islands make it a great base for a longer holiday, since you can take day trips back and forth.
Stay at: The Old Government House Hotel, located on the foot on St Peters Port lies this 5-star spa hotel.
Eat at: The Auberge, beautifully located on top of the cliffs at Jerbourg Point and serves great dishes for all tastes.
These smaller islands are the perfect day trip locations, as they are easily accessible from Guernsey:
Alderney is the most northern of the Channel Islands and has a population of just over 2,000. St Anne is the capital of Alderney and is a quaint town with cobbled streets and colourful houses. Alderney is a lovely island for discovering history, long strolls and capturing the amazing scenery. It has some of the most beautiful beaches, great in both the sunshine of more stormy, British weather. You can fly to Alderney from Guernsey, or take the 12-person passenger boat.
Stay at: Braye Beach Hotel, this luxury hotel has gorgeous sea views and conveniently located close to the islands’ attractions.
Eat at: the legendary Braye Chippy , for as you can guess: fish and chips.
Sark consists of two parts: Greater Sark and Little Sark. These are connected through La Coupée, which makes for a beautiful walk. The road was built by German prisoners and the history of the island is its main feature. Had enough history lessons for a bit? Take a horse and carriage ride around the island or go kayaking with AdventureSark. The island has a population of almost 500 and is known as the most rugged of the Channel Islands. Sark is a great getaway from citylife, and the island offers ‘stargazing experience’ through the lack of light pollution.
Stay at: Stocks Hotel, this four-star hotel boasts a library, in addition to a kids pool and a tour desk to optimise your experience of Sark.
Eat at: La Sablonniere for local seafood in a quaint restaurant with a spectacular garden.
Herm is located on the East of Guernsey, is only 2 km2 in size and has a population of 60. However, Herm is a great visit for a couple days if you need to get away from it all. There are no cars on Herm and with activities such as clay pigeon shooting or fishing, you will truly have a relaxing break. Explore the beautiful beach and don’t miss out on the Mermaid Tavern for a drink in the hot sunshine (if you’re lucky!).
Stay at: The White House Hotel which is famous for its weddings.
Eat at: The Ship Inn for a fine-dining experience. Both lovely in sunny weather or on rainy days.