The Channel Islands
A stay at the Yelloh Village Les Iles 5 ***** is the ideal opportunity to discover the Channel Islands, which are a group of islands located in the Channel, to the west of the Cotentin peninsula.
The opportunity also to disembark on English culture from Normandy to enjoy everything that makes the charm of English culture without going too far ( PASSPORT REQUIRED) ! Only a few kilometers from the Normandy coast, there are 5 of them including Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, Herm and Sark, very distinct both in their characters and their customs. The whole of the Channel Islands includes two bailiwicks: that of Jersey which brings together the eponymous island and that of Guernsey which includes Guernsey, Alderney, Sark and Herm. To get there from Normandy, you board the Manche Iles Express boats which regularly make connections between Granville, 15 minutes from the campsite, and between Carteret and Diélette, a little further north of the Channel.
Be careful, however, as the rules are very strict, before leaving do not forget your valid identity card or your passport, even for the little kids, otherwise you will stay at the boarding dock !
Jersey, the largest of the Channel Islands, is nicknamed the island of flowers. From 1h20 by boat from Granville, this island offers an extraordinary variety of landscapes. Saint Helier is the capital of Jersey but it is also the shopping capital ! Indeed, the pedestrian streets are full of shops.
In Jersey, you can also visit mansions and castles such as the Château Mont-Orgueil, overlooking the port of Gorey, or even the Château Elizabeth, accessible on foot at low tide or by ferry at high tide.
Guernsey, is an hour's crossing from Diélette or Carteret. Known for the house of Victor Hugo, it is a wild island where nature dominates. It is nicknamed the green island because on 160 km of coast in other, you have dunes, creeks, sandy beaches, small ports, nature reserves, wooded valleys, trails ...
You can discover its capital Saint-Peter Port or even the various ramparts, towers and maritime fortifications. Alderney, Sark and Herm, smaller, complete the archipelago.
Numerous english shops, english pubs, english culture… : Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, Sark or Herm constitute a world apart and exotic. The capital of the island of Jersey, Saint Helier is the ideal starting point for visiting by bus the island. Jersey is also a real land for hiking. You can also visit the zoo or discover the seaside activities. Indeed, whether in Guernsey or Jersey, if you are addicted to water sports,you will find many surf schools. You can practice paddle boarding, kayaking, catamaraning ... to discover the island and the coasts in a different way.
For nature, Guernsey and Alderney are to be discovered. Wild, Alderney is a true paradise for nature lovers. For the unusual, try Sark and Herm : In Sark time seems to have stood still. Here, no car, only carriages and bicycles to explore the island. Herm, the smallest, has no car either. Here we love authenticity and nature at the heart of all activities.
The Channel Islands, the best destination to switch to English time just an hour from Normandy for a "so British" atmosphere !