What is it?

An archipelago in the English Channel, called the Channel Islands. It’s great to fit this into your itinerary if you’re already travelling to either England or France.

How do I get there?

There are two ways to get there- by air or by ferry. We took the Condor Ferry from Portsmouth to Guernsey. From London you can take a bus from Victoria Station, or a train to Portsmouth. Mind you that the train arrives post midnight and the ferry only begins boarding at 6am.

The ferry leaves in the evening too, and if you have more time on your hands, we would suggest staying in Portsmouth for the day and boarding the evening ferry. There are ferries from Normandy as well, which can be taken if you are visiting from France.

What is unique about it?

channelislands5The tranquility and the beauty of the landscape. The islands are a perfect getaway from the busy metropolis of London; catering to lovers of sun, sand, sea and mountains. If you don’t mind the strong sun and a tan, a visit in June or July will find you in the middle of a huge car rally. Tonnes of sports vehicles, both rugged and fancy, can be seen parked along the road providing an amazing landscape to the island of Guernsey.

Best time to visit?

Open all year round, but the best time to visit would be between April and September.

What must I see?

Herm (one of the Channel Islands) is to die for. The perimeter of the entire island can be covered {walking!} in less than two hours; and houses just one big bar and restaurant.

What should I shop for?

These islands are known for their beauty, and are good to spend a relaxing weekend away from the English cities. Pick up some pretty postcards; otherwise you will find some interesting souvenir shops at the ferry terminals, mostly selling shell-based trinkets and jewellery.

What to eat?

You will find mainly French restaurants here, nestled among the English pubs. There is one Indian restaurant as well which serves great food at a reasonable price {if you’re one of  those people who likes to go abroad but misses their chicken tikka masala}. Seafood is king here, without a doubt.

Don’t leave home without?

The months from June to August can be very sunny, so stock up on the suntan lotion. Keep an umbrella, a pair of shades and a water bottle handy when walking.

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You must take a walk on the main island– Guernsey. There lots of paths in the woods {don’t worry, all safe} that take you right up to the coast. The view at night is spectacular.

Where: Channel Islands, English Channel

Price: GBP 180 – 220 {INR 17,694 to 21,626} for 3 nights 4 days, including stay and food, for two {approx.}