The Channel Islands consists of two main islands being Jersey and Guernsey, three smaller islands – Alderney, Sark and Herm – and various tiny islets of rock or sea-crags.
Jersey is the largest island covering 45 square miles and the most southerly. It is renowned for its mild winters and long hot summer days.The main towns are St. Helier, and St. Aubin.
Guernsey is the second largest island and together with the other Channel Islands represent the last remnants of the medieval Dukedom of Normandy, which held sway in both France and England.Today, Guernsey is a delightfully cosmopolitan destination particularly loved by beach and watersports enthusiasts.
Alderney is the most northerly and third largest of the islands but is only three and a half miles long and one and a half miles wide the ideal location if you want to get away from the usual tourist attractions and have a quiet holiday.
Sark is only nine miles southeast of Guernsey. There is no airport; nor are there any cars. Visitors travel by foot or bicycle. Although only two square miles in area, Sark enjoys almost 40 miles of picturesque coastline with many bays and coves, caves and deep crystal pools with deserted beaches.
Herm is just a 20-minute boat ride away from Guernseys capital; St. Peter Port. With very few rooms for overnight guests, most visitors come for a day trip from Guernsey to spend a quiet, relaxing days at the beach.
Short Breaks Channel Islands
The channel Islands are a popular short break destination from the UK. With flights from local airports in the UK to Jersey and Guernsey as well as ferry crossings, it makes the channel islands a good choice for a weekend break. Drive your own car over on the ferry or fly to Jersey and rent a car at Jersey airport.
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Weather in the Channel Islands
During the main holiday season, from May to September temperatures average 20-21C (68-70F). These months give an average of 200 and 260 hours of sunshine. Rainfall is mainly during the cooler months. The sea is 17C (63F) on average during the summer.
Channel Islands Restaurants & Food
You will find most international cuisines on the larger islands, an opportunity to try the fresh local seafood should not be missed. Although St Peter Port boasts the majority of restaurants, the islands are full of restaurants offering a variety of cuisine.
Whether enjoying the picturesque countryside of Guernsey’s rural parishes, windsurfing off the west coast or relaxing on the smaller islands, you are never far from a good place to eat and drink. Heading offshore, Sark offers stylish dining, plus bar meals and cafés. Herm also enjoys two restaurants and hearty bar meals, as well as its acclaimed oysters.
Channel Islands Accommodation
Hotels, which range from small country inns up to deluxe full-service hotels offering a complete range of facilities. Hotels are graded using the Jersey Sun Rating System. 5 suns represent the facilities and service you would expect from a top-class hotel to one sun that indicates simpler, basic accommodation.
Guesthouses are usually smaller properties and are mostly proprietor run. They are graded with diamonds 3 diamonds indicate the highest standards of comfort and service. 1 diamond indicates simple, basic accommodation.
Self-catering accommodation (flats and cottages) and campsites have no grading system. Information about facilities and amenities can be found at your local UK travel authority.
Driving in the Channel Islands
In Jersey, you drive on the LEFT. Take precautions many of the roads are quite narrow and twist and turn between the fields and farms. The maximum speed limit throughout the entire island is 40mph/64kms per hour.
Visitors wishing to drive must possess a Certificate of Insurance or an International Green Card, a valid Driving License or International Driving Permit (UK International Driving Permits are not valid). Photocopies are not acceptable. A nationality plate must be displayed on the back of your vehicle. Speed limits range from 15mph in designated Green Lane, where pedestrians and cyclists have priority, to a maximum of 40mph. A speed limit of 30mph operates in residential areas and this drops to a 20mph limit in areas with special risks.
Languages spoken English
Currency Sterling, GB Pound
Visa requirements British Citizens and Citizens of the Irish Republic do not require passports or entry visas for travel between their respective countries and Jersey- they will require passports for trips to France.
Other EU citizens require only their ID cards for travel to Jersey. Citizens from non-EU countries will need a passport and should check before travelling to the Island if a visa is required