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Holiday ideas for Jersey & Guernsey

We put together some holiday ideas to help with planning a holiday or break in the Channel Islands.

Jersey is the largest of the Channel Islands

Jersey is the largest of the Channel Islands and like Guernsey you don’t need a passport to go there on holiday. You can get there by air in less than an hour and you can relax even more because cars drive on the left! Get set for a great mix of beach life and countryside, heritage, culture and 2000 years of history in Jersey. Besides miles of bleached white beaches, cool green lanes and inspiring food, you’ll struggle to choose between land and sea sports, guided walks and golf, ancient castles and museums, country pubs and bistros.

There’s a year-round programme of festivals which makes Jersey the number one choice for short breaks or longer stay holidays. Enjoy everything from spectacular maritime extravaganzas to floral festivals that include environmental walks and the chance to visit some of the island’s most stunning private gardens. Don’t miss the world-famous Battle of Flowers, one of Europe’s most spectacular carnivals which takes place each August.

The clear blue sea which surrounds this captivating island is the cleanest in Europe and Jersey also enjoys a sunshine record that is the best in the British Isles so there’s no shortage of days in which to enjoy them.

Food lovers are spoilt for choice as the island has legions of excellent restaurants to suit any budget, offering superb cuisine, from fresh seafood to the finest beachside burger or bacon sarnie you have ever tasted.

Try your hand at scuba diving, jet-skiing, wakeboarding, wind surfing, water-skiing, kite surfing or fishing. Or, back on terra firma, the island is also heaven for walkers and cyclists. There are a series of free themed walks arranged by the tourist board that explore virtually every inch of the island. If you’re a cyclist then you’ll enjoy the network of award winning ‘Green Lanes’ – 50 miles of country lanes and coastal paths that weave across the island where cyclists have priority.

Besides the beaches and activities, there are also plenty of attractions for a fun day out for couples and families. You can visit the world famous Zoo, where some of the world’s most endangered species including orang-utans, gorillas, lemurs and snakes, enjoy life in magnificent surroundings. Remember that history is never far at bay in Jersey and some haunting memories of life under German occupation are to be found at the War Tunnels. Also a visit to Elizabeth Castle is another must – cast adrift in St Aubin’s Bay and only reachable at high tide by amphibious craft.

Please find below some Jersey resources which may help you plan your holiday to Jersey.

Useful Resources for Jersey

  • South Coast Cruises – Cruising the south coast of Jersey daily April till October
  • Creepy Valley Adventure Centre – Set in a secluded and stunning natural valley in the beautiful UK Channel Island of Jersey, the “Creepy Valley” Adventure Centre offers a fantastic range of adventure activities for families, individuals, corporate events, kids parties, youth groups & charities. Open all year round! For more details, visit our website:www.creepyvalley.je. Alternatively, contact us on 01534 638888 or info@creepyvalley.je.
  • Zebra Hire
  • Jersey Bike Hire and Funky Puffin

Guernsey is the second largest of the Channel Islands

The Bailiwick of Guernsey includes not just Guernsey but also the smaller islands of Alderney, Sark and Herm.

There’s more to these islands than you may first think. True, there are the fabulous traditional cream teas and seafood suppers, plus, of course, the superb white sand beaches, hidden coves and wonderful cliff-top paths. These haven’t changed, but there’s a new buzz about the place. Gardens are looking a touch more exotic, shops are brimming with both eclectic and elegant things, and there are some cool new bars and restaurants opening up to join the great choice of existing watering holes and eateries. According to well known travel journalist Paul Mansfield “Guernsey is having a style moment” and he’s clearly right.

Whilst on holiday in Guernsey, don’t miss a visit to Castle Cornet for the museums and outdoor theatre and Hauteville House, once home to the eccentric writer Victor Hugo during his exile from France.

On your Guernsey holiday, visit the island of Herm for the day, it’s just a 20 minute boat ride away. There aren’t any cars here so enjoy the peace and nature of it all. A visit from May – July means you can do the Puffin Patrol, a two boat trip to see these amazing birds.

The island of Sark is also car free and travel here is by horse drawn cart, by bike (easy to hire for an hour or a week) or on foot. Join in the Sark Carnival from 11 – 13 August , explore Little Sark by crossing the spectacular La Coupee (a narrow isthmus which links Sark to Little Sark) or swim in crystal clear waters. Sark has been governed by a Seigneur since 1730 and La Seigneurie gardens are well worth a visit.

Alderney, with its varied wildlife – including blonde hedgehogs (really) – seems like a different world. Visit golden bays, Victorian fortresses and the little cobbled streets of St Anne, the capital.

Useful Resources for Guernsey