Despite their incredibly close proximity to France, the Channel Islands are all British and they offer tourists a wonderful experience wherever in the archipelago you decide to visit. These small islands that sit in between the south of Britain and the north west of France are altogether different from both nations and here you will find beautiful nature, a mild, warm climate and most importantly, pure tranquility. If you decide to take a holiday to the Channel Islands this year then here are 5 attractions which you cannot afford to miss out on.
Herm is the smallest island in the archipelago that is open to the public and if you decide to go to Guernsey for a holiday, then Herm is just a short catamaran ride away. The island has banned both cars and bicycles from its land which means that you will be able to casually stroll around the 1.5 mile island without fear of being interrupted by anything faster. The island has a beautiful coastal pathway which connects the beaches and the wild flowers which grow on the island saw it give the Britain in Bloom award in 2008.
Alderney is the third biggest of the Channel Island and it was here that a fisherman discovered an important ship wreckage in 1977. Throughout the years, the wreckage, surpassed in importance only by the famous Mary Rose, has been dug out by divers and the pieces are on display in the island’s museum.
On the biggest of the Channel Islands, Jersey, you will find an abundance of wildlife both wild and in the sanctuaries on the island. One that you shouldn’t miss is the meerkat enclosure in the Durrell Conservation Centre which used be the Jersey Zoo. This conservation centre, unlike a zoo, cares for endangered animals until they are fit to return to the wild, whereupon they are released. You can see a great range of beautiful animals here at the conservation centre.
Author Victor Hugo lived on the island of Guernsey in Hauteville House in the late 19th Century. Rumor has it that Hugo loved nothing more than stripping down to what his mother gave him in order to write to the best of his ability. Hugo’s old home is now owned by the city of Paris and you can take a tour around it on a visit to the island. Here in the house you will see a broad collection of ancient furniture, artwork and sculptures, outside the home there is an impressive statue of Hugo himself.
La Coupee is an impressive causeway that connects the island of Sark between Little Sark and Great Sark. The causeway is 240ft above sea level and only 9ft wide, it has thankfully been fenced to provide tourists with safer passage across. The island itself is beautiful and better yet, car free, and the causeway is the jewel in the crown of this wonderful island.