Alderney is the perfect place for relaxing or active holidays, or both.
The island is small enough to be easily explored by bicycle, and bikes can be hired, some with electric assistance.
Alderney’s location has made it strategically important for centuries, and it has surviving fortifications from the Roman, mediaeval, Napoleonic and Victorian periods, and from World War 2, when it was occupied and heavily fortified by the Nazis.
The Channel Islands’ only railway runs at weekends, and the island’s museum includes fascinating exhibits of Alderney’s history, including its evacuation in 1940 and the homecoming after World War 2, and the discovery of an Elizabethan shipwreck off the north coast.
For the active, there is fishing, and paddle boarding and kayaking in the summer, and a golf course with spectacular sea views.
There are boat tours which are the ideal way to see Alderney’s impressive coastline, and its offshore colonies of gannets and puffins. The island is perfect for bird-watching, with its huge variety of resident and migratory birds.
There are regular tours of the 1912 lighthouse.