Even if they are only a few fathoms from the French coast, we often tend to forget the Channel Islands, so close and so exotic at the same time. If each one has its own character, there are nevertheless some common components: the tranquility of the Normandy countryside, the irresistible marine charm of Brittany and a very British sociability. The tourist guide of the Channel Islands will first take you to Jersey, the largest of all, with its endless beaches where floats run and surfers are plentiful, but also its capital, Saint-Hélier, its warm pubs and its chic boutiques. Guernsey, although smaller and also more populated, is the beautiful city of Saint-Peter-Port in particular, and is home to the residence in which Victor Hugo spent 15 years of his life in exile. The island ofAlderney (Alderney) is a village where the endless walks along majestic a-pic, between Victorian forts and abandoned German blockhouses, often end with a seafood plaster cast sprinkled with beer with the inhabitants. Sark (Sark), with its splendid panoramas and pretty gardens, seems to have remained frozen in another millennium, just like the very small and serene Herm that man's hand has only barely scratched. A getaway to these islands, so familiar and yet so secret, will sound like a forgotten poem, a sailor's song that is both nostalgic and joyful. Sai l'beinv'nu!
When to go to Channel Islands?
When to go to the Channel Islands? Known as the "French Riviera of England", the islands enjoy an oceanic climate that allows them to have mild temperatures all year round. Thus, in summer, temperatures are around 20°C and the weather can be foggy while in winter temperatures can vary from 8 to 18°C, with high risk of rain. While the high season extends from May to September, spring is still the best time to visit the Channel Islands. Indeed, from April onwards, the sites are transformed into colourful gardens with a thousand flowers. Victor Hugo described Jersey as follows in the month of mai : " L he island is beautiful, it's like a big flower. " Hydrangeas, azaleas, rhododendrons, camellias and magnolias bloom in gardens and fields. In well sheltered areas, Mediterranean plants such as mimosas, yuccas and palm trees can be found. However, the sea is still too cold to swim. This is the best time to take a walk and attend local festivities. Be careful, during the low season, many establishments close their doors. When to go to the Channel Islands? from May to September, with a preference for spring