January is for fresh starts and making exciting plans for the year ahead – your 2019 holiday being one of them. You may think it’s too early to book up, but a date in the diary will give you something to look forward to, helping to banish those notorious January blues!
If you like your destinations to be historical and beautiful in equal measure, but don’t want to travel far to get there, we know the perfect place (or shall we say, places?): the Channel Islands.
Think glorious coastline, secluded beaches, lush valleys, rustic towns, world-class cuisine and – for being located just off the Normandy coast – a surprisingly mild climate all year round. The Channel Islands are around an hour’s flight from the UK, made up of the main islands of Jersey and Guernsey, along with Alderney, Sark and Herm.
If you enjoy holidays with some ‘get up and go,’ you won’t be short of things to do in Jersey, the largest of the islands. In its capital, St Helier, you can easily spend a few days exploring its castles and forts, ambling around its museums and galleries, and picking up trinkets from its many markets.
Away from the hustle, you’re sure to stumble on some of the most beautiful beaches you’ve ever seen, Beauport and Plemont Bay being two of them.
Guernsey’s capital is not to be missed, either. St Peter Port is as picturesque as it gets; away from the boats that bob lazily in the clear waters of the port, you’ll find cobbled lanes home to quaint cafes and boutique shops, which lead on to lively squares.
Do you have a thirst for adventure? If so, Guernsey will deliver. Its abundant natural resources make it the perfect place to indulge in everything from coasteering and cycling, to hiking, kayaking and scuba diving.
If peace and quiet is something you crave, you’re sure to find your solace in Alderney. At only one-and-a-half miles wide and three-and-a-half miles long, it’s possible to explore the entire island in one trip, and at a leisurely pace.
Alderney is a walker’s paradise, boasting over 50 miles of scenic walking trails. Start your day off walking along the coastline, with dramatic cliffs as your backdrop, before making your way to a sleepy, cobbled town. There is wildlife in abundance on this island, including around 280 species of birds. When your legs grow weary, take a ride on the Alderney Railway; open May to September, it’s the only working railway in the Channel Islands.
Sark and Herm
As the two smallest inhabited islands, Sark and Herm are the ideal places in which to escape if you’re after some serious R&R.
There are no cars on the islands, which adds to their serenity, with people travelling by foot, bicycle or in horse-drawn carts. In Sark, the lack of street lights creates perfect conditions for stargazing, while Herm’s beaches wouldn’t look out of place in the Caribbean.
If you’ve now found your dream destination for this year’s holiday, don’t forget to take out travel insurance before your trip. Medical Travel Compared offers a range of insurance options tailored to your exact needs.