Found in the English Channel between England and France is the little island of Guernsey. It is the southernmost group of islands that make up the British Isles and sits less than 30 miles from the French coast. Although geographically Guernsey may be closer to France it remains loyal to the British crown, and has done since Norman times. This, almost confusion, gives Guernsey a truly unique look and feel.
Guernsey benefits from a milder climate than mainland UK because of its southerly position. This gives visitors the opportunity to make the most of the outdoors, with so much to do from chilling out on the beautiful beaches, wander the cliff paths or go island-hopping to its neighboring islands.
Things to Do
With such stunning countryside and coastline, Guernsey has a huge selection of things to see and do. Outdoor activities are top of the list of the things to do when in Guernsey, diving, kayaking, coasteering, surfing and sailing can all be experienced on this wonderful little island.
Guernsey has 28.5 miles of stunning cliff paths, sweeping bays and rural lanes for walkers to explore. Whether you opt for a guided walk or a self guided walking tour there really is no better way to experience Guernsey than on foot. There are so many different areas to explore, when the tides are right you can cross the seabed on a cobbled causeway to Lihou Island. This little island is great to explore, walk around the island keeping to the shoreline for a great little adventure.
Visiting the south coast cliffs is an absolute must, whether you enjoy walking or not. There are some great areas in particular that are worthy of a visit – Saints Bay is an idyllic little bay that was once an ancient harbor. There is also the famous Moulin Huet, a rural retreat that features a stunning beach, which was a favorite of the famous artist Renoir.
Guernsey has far more to offer than just outdoor activities. There are a few museums on the island that give and insight into the islands rich history and culture. Whether you want to learn about the occupation during WW2 or discover more about the famous writer Victor Hugo, you will be amazed at just how much history the island has.
Being an island, it is of no surprise that Guernsey boasts some of the freshest and best seafood around. The island has some fantastic restaurants that will please even the most critical foodie. Whether you are having a fresh crab sandwich at one of the beach kiosks or sitting down for an evening meal – the standard and quality of the food is fabulous throughout.
Getting to Guernsey is straightforward. There are regular flights from a number of UK airports and the island is just a 40-minute plane journey from London Gatwick. There are also sea crossings if you would rather travel by ferry or even bring your car. You could be in the Bailiwick of Guernsey just hours after setting off from home!