The Channel Islands are made up of Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, Sark and Herm (the main islands).
The islands are not part of the United Kingdom or European Union, but rather are possessions of the British Crown with independent administrations. Their inhabitants are British citizens. The total population is about 160,000, of whom the overwhelming majority is made up of native islanders of Norman French and British extraction. There are also groups of European Union citizens, with a prominent community from Portugal. The Channel Islands are where British and French Influences meet and where an unexpected stunning mix of scenery, rich heritage and varied lifestyles are waiting to be discovered.
Alderney, despite being the closest to France feels more remote than any of the other Channel Islands. It’s a paradise for nature lovers, a combination of landscapes and wildlife that are easily accessible from Guernsey by air or sea.
Lying close to the north coast of France it is the perfect escape. Indulge in an unforgettable meal, explore the region’s rich heritage or simply revel in the beauty of your surroundings.
Superb beaches, spectacular seascapes, pretty fishing villages and rolling green landscapes - Jersey has it all. Discover this beautiful island at your own pace with our selected highlights.
Herm is a tranquil beach paradise that’s easily reached from Guernsey by ferry. Herm is a favourite with visitors and locals alike. As soon as you step off the boat onto the jumble of granite and wood that forms the harbour wall, the stresses of the modern world evaporate. Stay overnight to really appreciate the peaceful personality of this magical island. Visit Belvoir Bay – a secluded cove surrounded by beautiful scenery, Shell Beach – brilliant white sand like in the Caribbean! Explore the beautiful coastal walk starting from the harbour where you can puffin spot!
Step back in time in beautiful Sark. Traffic-free and overflowing with natural beauty, the island is easily reached by ferry from Guernsey. Stunning coastal views and a picturesque rural interior are best experienced either on foot or by bicycle (available for rent on the island). There are also a number of good restaurants and hotels for those wishing to stay longer than a day.
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Belgium - Antwerp, Bruges, Brussels, Ghent.
Channel Islands - Alderney, Guernsey, Jersey.
Denmark - Copenhagen, Dyrehavsbakken.
England - Liverpool, London, Portsmouth.
France - Boulogne, Calais, Lille, Paris, Reims.
Germany - Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich.
Ireland - County Kerry, Dublin, Galway.
Spain - Barcelona, Madrid, Santander & Bilbao.