PLAN YOUR TRIP
1. Shop ‘til you drop
Often called one of the world’s prettiest harbours, St Peter Port is Guernsey’s capital. Enjoy picture postcard views as you arrive on your Condor Ferries sailing. Stroll its narrow streets and pick up some bargains – you won’t pay VAT.
2. Enjoy Festival Island
There’s always something going on in Guernsey. Plan your visit around one of the lively festivals, focused on music, heritage, great food and drink and many more.
3. Beach life – you can’t beat it!
There’s nothing like spending the day on one of the island’s 27 sandy beaches, especially for the youngest members of the family. But there’s much more to enjoy, why not learn to sail, surf or paddle board while you’re here.
4. Sample a bit of island hopping
Did you know the Bailiwick is an archipelago? Take a ferry to discover beautiful Herm, Sark and Alderney and slow down the pace for a day or even longer. Tiny Lihou can only be reached at low tide on a cobbled causeway.
5. Walk in the footsteps of a famous author
French novelist Victor Hugo spent 15 years on Guernsey, wrote Les Miserables on the island and called it “the rock of hospitality and freedom”. His home Hauteville Manor has been restored to its former glory and is open again this year.
6. Movie stardom
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is a film set on the island and inspired by life during the German occupation. Did you know the Channel Islands were the only part of the British Isles to be invaded during the second world war? Check out the movie locations and be part of the story.
7. Centuries of history to discover
From Neolithic burial sites to evidence of a rich maritime heritage dating back to Roman times and memories of the German occupation in the Occupation Museum and La Vallette Underground Military Museum, history fans will find plenty of interest in Guernsey.
8. Stretch your legs, or saddle up
There’s a lot to see in just 25 square miles. Make the most of the coast and countryside on foot or two wheels. Try Tasty Walks - a series of 20 self-guided walks - or perhaps hire a bike and choose from a range of routes from the easy to the seriously challenging.
9. Tempt yourself with a few local specialities
Guernsey’s cafés and restaurants and pubs are simply superb. Of course, the local seafood is excellent with fish and shellfish in abundance. Creamy butter from Guernsey cows makes breakfast special and the island’s enviable climate means the best fresh fruit and vegetables are always available.
10. A bloomin’ lovely island
Wander around the flowers of magnificent Candie Garden in St Peter Port to enjoy a wide variety of plants from all over the world. There’s a reconstructed 19th century public flower garden and even a café in a Victorian bandstand when it’s time to put your feet up end enjoy a coffee.
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