Whatever you’re looking for from a holiday, you’re bound to find it in the idyllic Channel Islands. The islands are small enough to really get to know, yet still big enough to surprise, they are perfect for either a short break or a longer stay. They are quick and easy to get to. And when you arrive you’ll find a fascinating group of islands packed with all kinds of sights, experiences and activities. The islands may geographically be close to France but they remain loyal to the British crown, and have done since Norman times. The Channel Islands enjoy more sunshine hours each year than the UK. As a result, a variety of plants and flowers thrive in the parks and gardens that may not survive the harsh winters in Britain.
It’s the sea that dominates the landscape, with stunning views of the surrounding Atlantic Ocean to be had from virtually every point on the island. The coastline itself is just as compelling, with majestic cliffs, exposed bays, sandy beaches and rocky coves all easily accessible by road or on foot. Jersey also has four designated wetland sites of international importance (Ramsar sites).
With its amazing variety of terrain, Jersey might have been made for walking holidays. Whether you’re after a slow stroll across the sands, or an energetic hike along cliff-top paths and into rocky coves, you can indulge your passion here! And when you want to rest your weary feet, there’s a wealth of pubs, cafés and restaurants throughout the Island where you can enjoy a drink, snack or more substantial meal.
The island has a sporting heritage that punches above its weight with World Champion racing drivers, top-ranked tennis players and athletes and even gold-medal winning Olympians among its residents. Guernsey boasts a range of good sporting facilities and a programme of events that can be enjoyed by residents and visitors throughout the year, from taking part in the Guernsey Marathon to cheering on the local rugby and football teams.
There are no cars on Sark, only tractors, bikes or horses and carriages. The pace of life is leisurely and relaxed. The island provides a haven away from the noisy, everyday world; the perfect place to get away from it all. The views from the coastal headlands are magnificent. The variety of flowers, butterflies and birds attract naturalists. Fishermen can enjoy peaceful days on the rocks, and divers make the most of the clear waters teaming with a variety of marine life. However, many visitors just visit Sark for its tranquility, spending their days swimming or walking the many coastal pathways, lush with wild-flowers and insects.