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France, Channel Islands and England



Lady Maris
Check-in: Pontoon Q
Check-in time: 15mins
La Cité de la Mer, Cherbourg’s aquarium, allows visitors to explore the depths of the ocean. It offers a fantastic journey showing the many facets of underwater exploration, with human exploration as its main theme. The submarine section contains the largest submarine in the world open to the public.

There is a wide selection of shops in Cherbourg, as well as several hypermarkets located just outside the town, where you will find cheap prices on a range of goods. Cherbourg also hosts a market every Thursday in the town centre.

One of the oldest city sights in Cherbourg is the impressive Holy Trinity Church. It has had a very interesting and dramatic history dating right back to the early fifth century.

The Northern French town of Cherbourg has a long maritime history, and is the setting for numerous boating events throughout the year. Cherbourg has a culture that is truly French but features unique influences, including an Italian-style theatre, various art galleries, abbeys and churches. The arts are very important in the town, which is evident from the annual Cherbourg Film Festival which exhibits foreign films not currently distributed in France.

Cherbourg is home to several large and interesting museums. Among the most impressive is the Liberation Museum, and it is housed in the fort on the Rontagne du Roule, which was built between 1852 and 1857. Overlooking the harbor, the fort was the scene of bitter fighting during the liberation of Cherbourg in June 1944, following the D-Day landings.

The city’s oldest museum is the Natural History and Ethnography Museum, housing a collection by François-Henri Duchevreuil, an amateur archaeologist, and includes collections of shells and artifacts from Egypt, Asia and Greece.

Cherbourg Tourism Website


Victor Hugo
Manche-Iles-Express
Check-in-time: 1hr

- By car: take the RN13 Caen exit to St Martin the Greard / Flamanville then head for Pius.
- Train Station Cherbourg
- Airport Cherbourg Maupertus

Diélette:  

Dielette is a very pleasant marina.  No village or town close by, so not much to do unless you have transport.  Restaurant L'Escale sells take away croissants and baguettes in the morning.  Small bread shop and groceries 2km walk to Flamanville. (A longer walk along the coast  brings you to Flamanville nuclear power station where there is an exhibition of some interest.)  A taxi to Les Pieux puts you in a small town with two good supermarkets.

Restaurants:

"The L'Escale" on the pier, to eat in or outside. Moules and frites are their specialities.  it is used a lot by locals and will be busy on Sunday during the summer. Tel 02 33 52 67 10.
The nearby fish warehouse have an interesting selection of shellfish and wet fish. Some cooked and ready to eat on the provided benches
Down a track a ten minute pleasant walk away is Le Bouche a Oreille,  with a great atmosphere and food cooked on the log fire. Maitre'd speaks good English. Tel: 02.33.41.84.49
Overlooking the marina is Hotel du Phare. Food good and a true French menu. Always open and rarely full.  Also has a few rooms available. tél: 02 33 52 59 55.
Further along the coast road towards the power station is Hotel de La Falaise. Nicely presented rooms with typical hotel atmosphere and food of hotel quality. Tel 2 33 04 08 40.
The Semaphore with superb views from the cliff top location of Sark, Jersey and Alderney. Food the best in the area but will need to book as the French love it too. Tel 02 33 52 18 98.
Le Raz Banchard (Yacht Club). Food very pleasant.  atmosphere is probably the best of all the restaurants in the area.  Tel 2 33 93 10 24.

Lady Maris
Check-in: 15mins, white rock café
Manche Iles Express
Check-in: 60mins, Terminal building
Alderney Shipping
Check-in: 60mins, Alderney Shipping
Shopping in Saint Peter Port is an unmissable experience. Electronic and photographic equipment, jewellery and perfume are all good, low duty buys, along with wines, spirits and tobacco and of course the famous Guernsey jumper. Small boutiques offer exclusive clothes, shoes and leather goods, whilst the Old Quarter is the place to find antiques. But take time to just look around you. After all, this is the Channel Islands’ most beautiful town.
Guernsey’s ability to look after its own fiscal affairs has meant that it has been able to foster a favourable tax climate. This has led to many offshore banks, fund managers and insurance companies establishing here. Whilst the traditional industries of flower growing, fishing and dairy farming still play an important part, contributing both to the varied economy and to the island’s character. There are also a number of high profile light industries based on the island, including Specsavers Optical Group and Healthspan.
There is much to see and do in Guernsey from Heritage Sites and The Arts, to beautiful environmental sites and shopping.
Guernsey also has its own stamps and currency, and while British pounds can be used on the island, Guernsey pounds cannot be used in the UK.
Guernsey people enjoy their free time.  Being an island, with a warmer climate than the UK, much time is spent outside; on the beach, walking the cliffs, island hopping or eating ‘al fresco’.    The Island has great sporting facilities and a programme of sporting events throughout the year.
A heady mix of stunning scenery and the best of contemporary living, Guernsey is the perfect destination. Inspiring walks along the cliff paths, rambles through the rural interior or lazy days on the island’s beautiful beaches, Guernsey has it all.

St Peter Port, the island’s capital, is a bustling harbour town, a tapestry of architectural styles that tell the story of the region’s changing fortunes. Here bistros, restaurants and boutiques jostle for your attention, while in the harbour ferries are readied to take you to the sister islands.

Ask anyone who’s been here. Guernsey is a special place, a thriving community that welcomes its visitors with open arms and leaves a lasting impression on all who set foot on her soil.
Guernsey Tourism Website

Lady Maris
Check-in: Sark Harbour
Check-in time: 15mins
Sark is the smallest of the four main Channel Islands.  Whilst only three miles long, and a mile and a half wide, it boasts 40 miles of what must be one of the most picturesque coastlines anywhere in the world.
There are no cars, giving Sark an enchantment which is quite unique; its spell draws visitors back for their holidays, year after year. A wide range of accommodation is available on Sark, from award-winning hotels and restaurants, to self-catering and campsites. There are many ways to experience this island of infinite variety - by carriage, bicycle, or on foot. The coastal scenery is spectacular with numerous bays and headlands to admire. Sark is a ramblers paradise, and there are far more coastal walks and bays than there are days to explore them.
A visit to Sark, being the smallest self-governing island in Europe, is a step back in time. Most people come to Sark for peace and tranquillity and to appreciate the scenery and abundance of wildflowers and sea birds.
Sark stands approximately 350 feet above sea level. Dark caves indent into the cliffs and huge austere-looking perpendicular rocks lie in isolated and detached masses off-shore. The varied inlets and bays possess a wealth of sea and bird life. The island's isolated position affords it a large array of bird species, and many hours can be spent watching and admiring the abundance of wildlife.
Visitors to Sark are well catered for with several shops that carry most essential provisions. Newspapers are delivered from the Mainland each day, and there is a regular postal service.
La Seigneurie Gardens are open every day from 10am to 5pm, from Easter until 1st November.  They are one of the finest formal gardens in the Channel Islands and have won many awards. They remain one of Sark's most popular attractions.
Sark Tourism Website

Alderney

Lady Maris
Check-in: 15mins, Mainbrayce
Manche Iles Express
Check-in: 60mins, Commercial Quay
Alderney Shipping
Check-in: 90mins, Alderney Shipping

Alderney has all the winning ingredients: a rich history and wildlife, stunning scenery, cosy accommodation, genuine hospitality and beautiful beaches.

The island’s greatest attraction is its peace and tranquillity. Alderney is a relaxed, safe and friendly island with a great deal to offer, including a quiet stable way of life amidst beautiful surroundings.
Just 3kms wide and 5 kms long and only 11kms off the Normandy coast, Alderney enjoys a mild climate, is unspoiled, peaceful, natural and totally relaxing. The town of St.Anne, with its quaint cobbled streets lined by small boutiques, offers a great choice of friendly pubs, bars and restaurants. Alderney is renowned for its seafood such as lobster and crab and its excellent cuisine.

There are plenty of eating places and pubs to enjoy good food, hospitality and a happy atmosphere. Pub licensing hours are very flexible and children are welcome.
Alderney boasts a rich and varied wildlife and has become a true magnet for birdwatchers, ramblers and wildlife enthusiasts.

Leisure interests are well catered for with a challenging 9-hole golf course, a panoramic cricket field, a football pitch, scenic tennis courts and numerous sporting, social and cultural clubs.

Alderney offers some of the finest sea fishing in the Channel Islands.  Water sports include sailing, swimming, surfing, wind surfing and scuba diving.

With over thirty clubs and societies, Alderney offers its visitors a varied programme of day and evening entertainment throughout the year.
Alderney, the third largest of the Channel Islands invites you to travel to and discover one of the few unspoiled, peaceful, natural and totally relaxing British Isles.

Imagine a little island - just one and a half miles wide and three and a half miles long with just over two thousand friendly and welcoming inhabitants. Like Guernsey and Jersey, the island enjoys a mild climate and independence, with its own government and a fledgling off-shore finance and E-commerce sector.

Despite its closeness to mainland France (8 miles), Guernsey (23 miles), Jersey (30 miles) and the Isle of Wight (60 miles), Alderney has managed to avoid mainstream tourism.  Remote, yet well-connected with direct scheduled air links from the UK, Alderney has its own airport and harbour.

Visit Alderney and you will discover an oasis with an ancient and varied history, an abundance of flora and fauna, beautiful beaches, an enviable lifestyle with that unique, contagious phenomenon known as 'the Alderney Feeling'.
Alderney Tourism Website

Channel Seaways/Alderney Shipping
Check-in: 90mins, Channel Seaways
Whether you are an expert or a beginner, Poole’s harbour and beaches are the perfect location for a range of water sports, from kayaking to windsurfing, kite boarding and sailing. A variety of local companies provide tuition or the hire of equipment.
Poole boasts a vast array of restaurants, with a variety of options available from beach cafés and bistros to gourmet harbour view restaurants. Due to its location, seafood is a popular option in the town, with a variety of restaurants providing locally caught seafood and fish. Sandbanks beach in Poole has regularly held European 'Blue Flag' awards since the 1980s and is ranked within the top ten beaches in Europe. With its fine golden sand, gradually sloping beach and clean safe water, it's easy to understand why.
Poole is blessed with having the largest natural harbour in Europe, making it the second largest in the world! It also boasts a multi award-winning beach, and a delightful mixture of the historic and modern.
There are many family activities in Poole, whatever the weather. From March until October you can visit Brownsea Island, the birthplace of the scouting movement and one of the last strongholds of the Red Squirrel in southern Britain. Undisturbed by traffic, it is the ideal spot for walking or a picnic. Alternatively, Tower Park, the south coast’s largest entertainment centre provides entertainment for the whole family from bowling to cinema, a choice of restaurants and Splashdown offering 12 of the UK’s most exciting indoor and outdoor water slides.
Poole Tourism Website

 

 

 


France, Guernsey & Sark

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