THINGS TO DO
Visit the Channel Islands with Condor Ferries from Poole - day trips available.
Guernsey - A place of surprise and contrast. Guernsey offers a heady mix of stunning scenery and the best of contemporary living - wild and rugged landscape and a thriving, cosmopolitan community with St Peter Port - the island's harbour at its centre. There is an array of contemporary restaurants, bars, busy shops and boutiques, while in the marina yachts rock in the gentle swell beneath the harbour's ancient guardian - Castle Cornet. For further information on Guernsey check out the Visit Guernsey website.
Jersey - An island big enough to lose yourself in, yet small enough to feel at home; British, yet located just off the coast of France. An island of discovery and natural beauty.
The islands ancient heritage goes back almost 6000 years providing a mix of natural and cultural treasures. Tranquil harbours and beautiful beaches. Island tastes vary from traditional food to fusion cooking based on harbour fresh seafood. You see country pubs and village churches and the roads leading to them are all named in French!
Sophisticated shopping and nightlife, superb scenery and cycle paths meander along specially designated green lanes. An array of attractions and a variety of events and festivals are on offer too. For more information visit the Jersey Tourism website .
St.Malo - St. Malo is an historic walled port city in Brittany, and one of the most popular destinations in the region. St. Malo is famed for its old walled city where you will find beautiful old buildings in a maze of small narrow streets, museums, restaurants and cafés.
Cherbourg - Cherbourg is a town in Normandy, north-west France, situated at the north of the Cotentin Peninsula. The Cotentin was the first territory conquered by the Vikings. For these sea people, it was logical that Cherbourg should become a port. The city evolved in relation to the Anglo-French conflicts before becoming a Channel stronghold and in 1944, the world's most important harbour. The Anglo-Norman state created in 1066 after William's victory at Hastings was a decisive factor in the development of Cherbourg with its exceptional geographic position in the heart of this state. In 1145, William the Conqueror's granddaughter, Matilda, acquired land in the parish of Equeurdreville (La Croûte du Homet) on the approximate site of the modern Cherbourg Arsenal. She ordered the construction of an abbey dedicated to the Holy Virgin, whose cult was in full expansion at the time, the Abbaye du Voeu, of which important remains still stand. www.ville-cherbourg.fr
Brittany Ferries also sail from Poole to Cherbourg.