Condor Ferries’ sailing routes are peppered with sightseeing gems and points of interest, particularly around our destinations. We highlight some of the most intriguing to look out for on your journey.
With the first lighthouse operating in 1724, this extraordinary construction which lies 13km off the coast of Alderney has been warning ships off the rocky Les Casquets for almost 300 years.
Described as a gentle step back in time, this quaint Island is one of the few places left in the world where only horse-drawn vehicles and tractors are allowed on the roads.
Alderney is the closest Channel Island to France and boasts some seriously striking bays, intriguing heritage and colourful character. It’s even home to the only operational railway throughout all of the Bailiwicks of Guernsey and Jersey.
Meaning “a place where crows gather”, this lighthouse stands 62ft high and was lit for the first time in 1874. The stretch of Jersey’s coast overseen by this historic structure has unpredictable tides of which both ships and visitors should be wary.
St Brelade’s Bay
By far one of Jersey’s most popular beaches, this haven for safe swimming and soft sand also boasts a choice of seaside restaurants and cafés, as well as being one of the south-facing beaches that act as a magnet for kayakers.
This awe-inspiring monument has defended Jersey for more than 300 years perched atop of the small islet in St Aubin’s Bay. Elizabeth Castle is believed to have been the home of St Helier around 550 A.D and truly embodies the Island’s rich heritage.
Sailing through the harbour, you’ll pass Sandbanks, known as one of the most expensive pieces of real estate in the UK. This small dune attracts numerous wealthy homeowners, with the likes of Harry Rednapp residing in some of the most impressive properties on the waterfront.
This charming Island is on your right as you pass out of the harbour. It’s home to the remarkable castle owned by the John Lewis Partnership and the Island itself belongs to the National Trust. It’s the largest of the Poole Harbour Islands, and one of the few UK locations where indigenous red squirrels thrive.
Old Harry Rocks
As you leave the mainland, situated on your right are the majestic chalk pillars that form Old Harry Rocks and mark the start of the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site that stretches all the way down to Exeter.
An uninhabited Island off the coast of Brittany, Cézembre mostly consists of a steep and rocky coastline apart from the pristine white sandy beach that faces St Malo. Its reasonable distance from the mainland results in the Island drawing in visitors via motorboats or yachts during the summer months.
Grand Jardin LightHouse
This impressive red lantern lighthouse near to Cézembre was originally established in 1868. However, after being destroyed during World War II in 1944, it was perfectly resurrected and restored later in 1949.
The Walled City
This is a stunning sight on the approach to St Malo. The imposing stone walls that surround this historic city were erected during the 12th century, and their defences continued to be upgraded throughout the 1500’s and 1600’s.