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Welcome to Channel Islands

Channel Islands

These islands have been a dependency of Britain since the Norman Conquest in 1066, and English is the official language, but there is no doubting that the character-filled Channel Islands are also flamboyantly French. Hardly surprising since they are situated just off the north west coast of France, 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 visited are Jersey and Guernsey. The other three are Herm, Sark and Alderney.

The laid back beach and country lifestyle of the island group reflects the French factor in this unusual Anglo-French fusion, most of all in the cuisine, 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 where abundant watersports are on offer, 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 map out the islands' colourful past, including 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, adding to the well-deserved reputation of this twin-cultured destination as an ideal choice for a quiet outdoor-oriented holiday.

Information & Facts

English is the official language, though visitors will be astonished by the variety of regional accents.

The currency is the pound (GBP), which is divided into 100 pence. ATMs are available in all towns and Visa, MasterCard and American Express are widely accepted; visitors with other cards should check with their credit card companies in advance. Foreign currency can be exchanged at bureaux de change and large hotels, however better exchange rates are likely to be found at banks. Travellers cheques are accepted in all areas frequented by tourists; they are best taken in Pounds Sterling to avoid additional charges.

Local time in the United Kingdom is GMT (GMT +1 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).
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