ChannelIslands Travel Guide

by our United Kingdom expert Paul Baderman
Paul BadermanTwo cultures, five islands, thousands of splendid holiday moments and memories. While the French and English battled each other for centuries, the Islanders somehow managed a happy synthesis of all that’s best of both. As a result, just about every visitor preference is catered for. Jersey and Guernsey are the larger pair, but Herm, Sark and Alderney offer a myriad of hidden-away inlets, islets and beaches and, especially, an abundance of peace and quiet. Rocky coves or golden sands – and at Jersey’s inexplicably uncrowded Beauport Bay, pink granite rocks that flame in the setting sun. You can even do a tour of the many imposing lighthouses. A brief trip across the Channel and the climate is transformed, making flowers and fresh produce the islands’ biggest export - with plenty left for the August highlight of the tourist year, St Helier’s colorful ‘Battle of Flowers’, including a spectacular moonlight parade. With English the official language and French the natural one for many, the most tentative linguist can feel comfortable, the most demanding gourmet, fully satisfied.

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National Flag: British Flag
Language(s): English
Scots Gaelic
Currency: British Pound
Dialling Code: +44
Time Zone: GMT
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