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Alderney Travel Information

A holiday in Alderney is the perfect choice for anyone looking to relax and unwind in stunning surroundings. A tiny island oasis where hospitality and gastronomy are second nature to the locals makes Alderney a simply wonderful holiday destination.

Measuring 3.5miles by 1.5miles at its widest, Alderney (Aurigny in French) is the third largest of the Channel Islands. Sometimes described as the most British of the Channel Islands, Alderney is located just 8 miles from the French coast, and unsurprisingly has a definite French atmosphere.

Perhaps Alderney’s biggest attraction is the glorious sandy beaches. With a wonderful selection of uncrowded beaches, lapped by crystal clear waters to choose from, the only problem is in knowing where to start. Several of these clean, quiet beaches offer watersports, with windsurfing and surfing perhaps the most popular. Some of the most popular beaches include: Braye Bay, regarded as the finest sand castle beach on Alderney; Longis Bay, a flat sandy beach, with rock pools full of shrimp and pretty shells to admire; Corblets Beach, favourite of surfers; Arch Bay, a safe swimming beach with rock pools and inlets to explore; Saye, a perfect bowl of white sand sheltered by sand dunes, and surrounded by grass and wild flowers; Platte Saline, a broad shingle beach, that drops sharply into the sea, this is a beach popular with fishermen, but not recommended for swimmers

For such a small island, you’ll discover that there is a great selection of restaurants and pubs in which to sample Alderney’s culinary delights, with seafood playing an important role. One of the highlights in Alderney’s busy calendar of events is in fact a highly regarded Seafood Festival. Other important annual events include Alderney week and carnival, Alderney Air Races, a wildlife festival, Alderney half-marathon, Alderney Angling Festival, and several sailing events.

Alderney makes a great year round destination, with a milder climate than the UK mainland, and plenty to entertain visitors. If you like being outdoors, there’s a superb golf course with breathtaking views, tennis or excellent fishing to enjoy, as well as lovely walks along the rugged cliff tops, and across the common.

Alderney is less commercialised than some of the other Channel Islands, and retains a relaxed, safe and friendly atmosphere that draws visitors back time and time again. You’ll soon discover that Alderney offers a fantastic range of visitor accommodation to suit all tastes, from a pretty campsite to self-catering cottages, and a recently opened 4 star hotel.