With a strong French influence, this is the perfect spot to enjoy a taste of the continent but still feel totally at home. The climate is mild, the scenery superb and for the kids there are loads of beaches and miles of coastline to explore in safety.
It’s easy to reach the islands as they are only about 35 minutes from the United Kingdom which makes short breaks more attractive especially with all the history, French influence, tax free shopping, culinary delights, beauty spas, golf and top accommodation to enjoy. Why go anywhere else this Easter?
Here’s our pick of the best things to do there.
1. Walk across Herm
Herm is the smallest island that allows day trippers. It’s only one and a half miles long and about half a mile wide so it’s easy to walk across. What makes it special is the scenery. Known as the prettiest island Herm has stunning golden beaches to laze on and there are no cars allowed so you’ll really unwind. There is a hotel there – The White House Hotel – with no clocks, no telephones and no televisions!
2. Go Back in time to a Neolithic Community
La Hougue Bie is where you’ll find one of the best examples of passage graves in Europe. Here you can find out more about life in a Neolithic community on Jersey around six thousand years ago. There is a medieval chapel on the mound now but it’s still a tranquil and spiritual place where you can stand inside the chamber of the grave itself. There is a museum too where you can discover more about this time and the German Occupation in WWII.
3. Rejuvenate yourself
The Club Spa in Jersey offers deluxe relaxation and beauty treatments derived from the marine surroundings to ensure you get the best in top to toe beauty therapies. Indulge in massage, sauna, steam rooms, salt pool and cabin in this contemporary and luxurious spa.
4. Tickle your tastebuds
Visitors claim the fish and chips at Cobo Bay in Guernsey are simply the best and a great way to end a day out at the stunning beach there. Watch the sunset as you get all the flavour of freshly prepared fish and crispy potato chips washed down with your favourite brew.
5. Repel the French Invasion
Mont Orgueil Castle was where the French invaders would have been held at bay and you can now explore the castle imagining the thunderous roar of the cannons, work out the secrets of the towers and tunnels and learn who was spying for whom way back when. A great day out for all the family!
6. A spot of antique shopping
Antique shops are plentiful in the Old Quarter of St Peters Port. Walk up the hill from the Town Church and enter Mill Street. It’s like a time warp taking you back a hundred years or so with the most delicious collection of bric a brac and antique shops. The whole street is a cornucopia of memorabilia and quaint shops, tea houses and well worth browsing.
7. Walk the coast line on Guernsey
You can walk around Guernsey and it doesn’t take all that long! Start at Belvoir Bay on the East coast and take the Southern Coast Path to Harbour Village. This takes you along the shore and gives you fabulous views of Sark, Jersey and France if the weather is clear. There are lots of bird on the walk and you’ll pass the arched entrance to the Roasaire Steps and the ruins of the Silver mines. It’s picturesque and allows you to say ‘yes’ to another cream tea!
8. Have your picture taken with a Puffin
Unfortunately reports say that it’s not that easy to see the Puffins these days so take a boat trip when you’re in Alderney to the rocky island of Burhou which is known for seabirds and Puffins if you want a snap.
9. Indulge in afternoon tea
Guernsey is famous for its cream teas. A traditional cream tea consists of towering homemade scones, assorted jams and preserves and double thick or clotted cream! The twist in Guernsey is the traditional fruit cake served with it! Called Guernsey Gache, this cake is rich and filling and spread with creamy butter made locally too!
10. Visit the endangered
Durrell’s Wildlife Park is a firm favourite for visitors to Jersey. This is not a normal zoo but rather a conservation park where they work to save species from extinction so you’ll see a wide and unusual variety of animals there. Here they have endangered animals from Galapagos, India, the Caribbean Island and Madagascar. It’s a perfect day out for all the family and will take you a good half a day to walk around.