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  • Channel Islands

    Channel Islands travel guide

    Overview

    English is the official language here, but there is no doubting that the Channel Islands have a distinctly French character. Even though they have been dependencies of the United Kingdom since the Norman Conquest almost a thousand years ago, the Anglo-French cultural fusion found here is hardly surprising. After all, they are situated just off the northwest coast of France and about 90 miles (145km) south of England.

    The clutch of five islands is very small, their total area adding up to less than 80 square miles (207 sq km). The largest and most popular are Jersey and Guernsey. The other three are Herm, Sark, and Alderney.

    The laid back beach and country lifestyle of the island group reflects a French influence. This is embodied in the cuisine most of all, particularly the seafood dishes, and jolly festivals such as Jersey's annual 'Battle of the Flowers'.

    For British holidaymakers in particular, the islands provide a comfortable 'home from home' vacation station in the sunniest and warmest corner of the British Isles. Apart from lovely, scenic beaches that are well-known by avid watersports enthusiasts, there is plenty of history and heritage to explore and discover in the main towns of St Helier (Jersey) and St Peter Port (Guernsey).

    Museums, historic buildings and traditional events commemorate a colourful past. Most notably, these features detail its more recent military and maritime history as the only part of the British Isles to be occupied by the Germans during World War II.

    Hiking, cycling, and golf are also enjoyable leisure pursuits well-catered for on the islands. Its natural beauty and array of adventurous activities account for its well-deserved reputation as an ideal bi-cultural destination for a quiet outdoor-oriented holiday.

    Phrase Book

    English Pronounciation
    Guernsey Airport
    Location: The airport is situated four miles (6km) from St Peter Port on the island of Guernsey.
    Time: No GMT offset (in the summer months GMT+1).
    Getting to the city: A bus service is available between the airport and St. Peter Port and throughout the island. Taxis are available from the airport forecourt and pre-booking is recommended.
    Car Rental: Avis, Europcar and Valu-Rent-a-Car have desks at the airport.
    Facilities: The airport has an ATM, bank, restaurant, cafeteria, bar, duty free shop, newsagent, gift shop, tourist help desk, children's lounge, and VIP lounge.
    Parking The public car park is open during Airport hours and operates on a pay station system.
    Website: www.airport.gg
    Jersey Airport
    Location: 4.6 miles (7.4km) northwest of Saint Helier.
    Time: No GMT offset (in the summer months GMT+1).
    Getting to the city: There is a regular bus service (bus 15) from Jersey Airport to St Helier, via Red Houses and St Aubin's Village, which takes approximately 30 mins. The airport bus stop is situated in front of the arrivals hall and passengers travelling to the airport disembark in front of the departure hall. Private coaches operating at the airport include Signature Coaches, Tantivy Blue Coach and Waverley Coaches. There are also chauffeur driven luxury and executive vehicles for hire.
    Car Rental: Car rental companies at the airport include Avis, Europcar, and Hertz.
    Airport Taxis: There is a taxi rank adjacent to the arrivals hall. Public taxis are metered and different tariffs apply for day and night. It costs about £12 for a taxi into St Helier from the airport and it is possible to pre-book a cab. This option is more expensive than ranked taxis.
    Facilities: There is a Bureau de Change at the information desk in the departure hall, as well as ATM facilities. There is free wifi at the airport, postal services and executive/business lounges. There is also first-aid and special assistance available at the airport.
    Parking There is short- and long-term parking available at the airport.
    Channel Islands