Top Reasons Why You Should At Once Plan a Tour to the Channel Islands
If despite being an ardent traveler, you haven’t yet visited the Channel Islands off the French coast, you’ve certainly missed a great fun. The islands wear a magical atmosphere and quaintness that any tourist looks for. Here are a few of the many things you can do on the Channel Islands that will make you realize why you should at once plan a tour to these jewels scattered in the English Channel.
The Channel Islands have something nice for everyone. Thus, if you’re one that thinks that holidays should be all about relaxation instead of hasty sightseeing, tiring trekking and hiking, and heart-pounding adventures, trips to the Channel Islands will bring you some charming spots that will help you forget the hustle-bustle of your city life. Here are a few.
Car-free Serenity of Herm: The tiny, hilly island of Herm is free from vehicular traffic and you can reach there through a 40-minute boat ride from Guernsey’s St Peter Port. You can view it on foot in just a couple of hours. It contains scenic walking trails, the world-class Shell Beach and flat grasslands dotted with Neolithic tombs. It’s also an important RAMSAR site, a paradise for birdwatchers that offers chances to watch puffins as well as many other protected seabirds.
Quaint Charm of Sark: In Sark, you can enjoy some old-world features like unpaved country lanes and horse-drawn buggies, along with beautiful bays adorned with powdery white sand. Don’t forget to visit La Coupee (a narrow land bridge that connects Big Sark and Little Sark), Seigneurie Gardens featuring exotic plants, swimming in Venus Pool and stargazing on clear nights in the skies above Sark – Sark is first designated Dark Sky Island in the world as it doesn’t contain light pollution!
Being islands, it’s obvious that the Channel Islands have numerous magnificent beaches and if you are a beach-lover, you’ll feel that trips to the Channel Islands have brought you to heavens. Some of the many superb Channel Islands beaches are:
Belvoir Bay Beach: When you’ll come to the cute, tiny island of Herm, you’ll be amazed with the Belvoir Bay Beach that is easy to access and has crystalline, emerald water and lush green hillsides. Despite being secluded, the beach presents a lot of activities that you’d love, including kayaks, boat hires and paddleboards.
Saye Beach: Enjoy unwinding in the silky sand and serene atmosphere on the Saye Beach on the Alderney Island. The calm waters of the beach and the craggy rocks that protect it from rough seas are suitable to children for swimming and playing. You may even spot a gray seal here.
Greve de Lecq: Located on the biggest of the Channel Islands, Jersey, Greve de Lecq has crystalline waters and you can get stunning views of the cliff fronts clad in greenery that stand erect on either side of the bay.
Just like beaches, museums also abound on the Channel Islands. Here are only a few of the many:
Folk & Costume Museum: If you love to learn about folk culture and especially costumes, don’t miss this museum in Guernsey. It displays a collection of historic costumes and outfits from Guernsey’s 200-year history.
La Hougue Bie Museum: Now a museum, La Hougue Bie is one of the oldest buildings in the world and is originally a burial mound topped by the 12th century Norman chapel of Notre Dame de Clarte and the 1520 Jerusalem Chapel. Here you can get a chance to view the crypt containing a replica of the tomb of Christ present in the church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.
Fort Grey Shipwreck Museum: Hosted by Martello Tower built on a small tidal islet, Fort Grey Shipwreck Museum lets you learn more about Guernsey’s wild, rugged West Coast. It also offers breathtaking views of the bay and Hanois Lighthouse, along with the tragic stories of those who lost their lives at sea.
If you don’t want to miss a heavenly experience on holidays, start planning a tour to the Channel Islands right away!