Guernsey is one of the lesser explored delights of the British Isles. Its southern location in the English Channel helps to ensure that Guernsey has a far milder climate than the mainland, enjoying more sunshine hours each year and making it a great location for those looking for a holiday closer to home.
If you’re feeling the allure of Guernsey’s outdoor lifestyle, stunning scenery, rich history and delectable foodstuffs, we’ve put together this short, insider guide to ensure that you don’t miss out on anything the island has to offer.
St Peter Port
St Peter Port is the jewel in Guernsey’s crown. Its picture-postcard image is defined by its cobbled streets and picturesque marina, marking it out as one of Europe’s most beautiful harbour towns.
Set against the backdrop of Castle Cornet, with a church in its centre, St Peter Port effortlessly blends tranquillity and vibrancy. During the day, the town’s quiet, cobbled streets are bustling with shoppers, while its many cafés and restaurants offer the perfect respite and chance to do a little people watching, while relaxing with a cream tea.
St Peter Port is the perfect place to start discovering the hidden treasures of Guernsey.
Guernsey is bursting with beaches. The island has 27 in total, each with its own unique character.
While the more popular beaches of Vazon, Cobo and Pembroke are perfect for relaxing on the sand with a good book, a trip to the pebbled beach of Fermain Bay, on the South Coast, could be worth the jaunt if you’re looking for a great swimming spot.
If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous and are looking for your own piece of secluded paradise, the stunning cliffs of Petit Port make a satisfying end to an otherwise arduous trek, while the white sand of Shell beach, on the neighbouring island of Herm, has a distinct air of the Caribbean about it.
From coasteering, climbing and cycling, to diving, kayaking and windsurfing, the island of Guernsey is packed with adrenaline-fuelled activities for those with more of an adventurous inclination.
Guernsey is an island with a rich and unique history. Situated between the UK and France, Guernsey is a British Crown dependency with a truly Gallic feel, as well as just a sprinkling of German influence, owing to the German occupation for half a decade during World War II.
Some of the must-see historical and cultural sights on the island include: Hauteville House, Victor Hugo’s former residence, Castle Cornet, the German Occupation Museum and the Guernsey Tapestry in the gallery at St. James’ Concert Hall, which provides a detailed illustration of the island’s history.
Food and drink
As you might expect from an island with a French influence, Guernsey is a melting pot of delicious flavours and sumptuous wines.
While one can still enjoy fish and chips on the beach, St Peter Port is packed with Parisian cafés, serving distinctly French-inspired dishes. Visitors can, furthermore, enjoy the island’s array of homemade ice-creams, cakes, and locally brewed beers.