The Channel Islands consist of the Bailiwick of Guernsey and Bailiwick of Jersey, which are closer to France than England but it is part of the United Kingdom.
The Bailiwick of Guernsey is not only the Island of Guernsey, but also includes the islands of Alderney, Sark, and the smaller islands of Herm, Jethou and Lihou.
The Islands sit in the Bay of St Malo about thirty miles from the French coast and are reputed to have a lot more sunshine than the UK itself.
Guernsey is a pretty island with the milder climate encouraging flowers to bloom and allowing tourists and locals to enjoy the outdoor lifestyle. The cliff paths and the stunning beaches offer travellers inspiring scenery, al fresco dining and, if you like, a bit of island hopping too!
The capital of St Peter Port is dubbed the prettiest of harbour towns with cobbled streets and marina and has a church at the centre and a castle standing guard in the background where theatre and musical productions are held. The High Street is charming with boutique shopping and superb cafes where you can people watch for hours! The Old Quarter is a good mix of quaint shops and the perfect spot for gift hunting.
Sport is a big part of island life here and the facilities are good if you're watching or participating. Remember that these islands have their own currency. You can use British Pounds there but you can't use their pounds in the UK!
The Bailiwick of Jersey includes two groups of small islands that are no longer permanently inhabited, the Minquiers and Ecrehous, and the Pierres de Lecq and other rocks and reefs.
If you love outdoor living, Jersey is perfect for you with miles of stunning beaches and interesting coastline ringed with forts and various defences from the colourful island history. There are remains of an ancient French forest from when the island was part of the continent, Palaeolithic sites like La Cotte de St Brelade, Neolithic burial sites, beautiful castles, gorgeous sandy beaches with high tides and 45 square miles of unspoilt countryside with 96 miles of cycle routes!
With the mild climate the island offers visitors a relaxing holiday where you can literally walk everywhere from St Helier to St Aubin's bay. Try blokarting on the beach for something totally different. Stay at the Durrell Wildlife Hostel and get a free ticket to the Durrell Wildlife Park too.
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