what to do, eat and where to stay

what to do, eat and where to stay

what to do, eat and where to stay

    (Visit Guernsey)

(Visit Guernsey)

The jewel in the Bailiwick’s crown and one of the Channel Islands just off the French coast, Guernsey offers the ideal destination for couples or families looking to get away from it all without the hassle of a long-haul flight. In fact, you can be there within an hour from London Gatwick, and with its Normandy architectural heritage, mild weather and narrow cobbled streets you’d be forgiven for thinking you’re in the Mediterranean. Think Cornish village meets Normandy France. Happiness.

Beautiful beaches and secluded bays are dotted around the perimeter of the island and offer crystal clear turquoise waters ideal for wild swimming or kayaking. Too strenuous? Just sit back on the golden sand and enjoy the sun – we won’t judge you.

But there’s more to Guernsey than just stunning coastline – from exploring historic landmarks to hopping over to neighboring islands, you can create the idyllic holiday that fully evolves each day, taking in the culture, heritage, adventure, fine dining and lashings of Guernsey -ice. cream.

What to see and do

Coastal trips and forts

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(Visit Guernsey)

Guernsey’s coastline offers the most stunning views imaginable – it’s no wonder Renoir painted some of his most famous masterpieces here. Walk along the cliff path from St Peters Port to Fermain Bay – one of the island’s most beautiful beaches – for the most Insta-friendly hidden view of the bay. If you have a car, make sure you explore the coastal fortifications that have defended Guernsey from invasion for thousands of years.

Victor Hugo’s Hauteville House

The world famous Parisian poet and writer Victor Hugo established himself in St Peters Port in 1855. Having declared Guernsey the “rock of hospitality and freedom”, he spent his fifteen years in exile and lived perhaps his most productive and creative writing period and moved on to write Les Miserables here. His eclectic house is covered in decadent tapestries and wood-carved panels that Hugo collected during his time there, and is immaculately preserved by the city of Paris. Open for tours and a must for literary lovers or those of us (me!) who love a good nosy around someone’s house. visitguernsey.com

German Underground Hospital and Other Wartime Sites

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(Visit Guernsey)

The military ‘occupation’ between 1940 and 1945 when Nazi Germany took control of the island in pursuit of their intended conquest of England changed the landscape of Guernsey and their liberation is still strongly celebrated to this day. Make no mistake, Guernsey does not shy away from its past and the remains of the occupation on the island serve as a reminder of just what the islanders endured during the war and the resilience they showed. The German underground hospital is meticulously preserved and open for tours. As you walk along the dark and dank corridors covered in German signage, you can almost sense the soldiers of war walking behind you. Take a tour with Tours of Guernsey for an in-depth guide and make sure you also visit Batterie Mirus – the remains of four naval gun emplacements with a spooky underground bunker to explore. toursofguernsey.com

Beaches, coves and soaking in the sea of ​​vitamins

If you’re more of a beach bum, Guernsey offers an embarrassment of riches when it comes to hidden coves and sandy beaches with crystal clear waters, so you can relax and sunbathe. Head to Cobo or Petit Bot for dreamy hidden gems (but don’t tell the locals I told you). Feeling a little more energetic? Then rent a paddle board or kayak to explore the coves in style as you glide across the sparkling sea. If you’re up for a bit more adventure, we highly recommend the Coasteering Excursions with Outdoor Guernsey – the ultimate adrenaline fueled activity that will have you scrambling over rocks and leaping into the blue sea below… 25ft was my limit. I challenge you… outdoorguernsey.gg

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(Visit Guernsey)

The small chapel

If there’s one place to visit, this pint-sized labor of love is a must. Completed in 1923 by a French pater, and covered in shells, glass, pebbles and broken porcelain, it is the most quirky, charming and adorable miniature building outside of Alice in Wonderland. You will feel compelled to take a moment to reflect or light a candle regardless of your faith. A truly moving experience.

Sark and Herm

A short ferry hop from Guernsey and you’ll step back in time by visiting the quieter island of Sark. As there are no cars on the island (you might see the odd tractor and horse and cart), the best way to explore Sark is by bike. We recommend a guided tour [Soo Wellfair Tours] by a very knowledgeable local to soak up the history of the island and its famous inhabitants, such as the very faithful Sibyl Hathaway. Visit the beautiful La Seigneurie garden or watch Caragh chocolates being handcrafted before trying some for yourself. If you’re feeling brave, walk across La Coupee – a narrow hand-crafted walkway that connects the main island to ‘Little Sark’. The view over the cliff is fantastic, and the small beach coves offer the perfect oasis to take your time for everything.

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(Visit Guernsey)

With hardly any air pollution and no street lights, the night sky lights up with stars and in some places you can even see the Milky Way in all its glory (go to the Observatory for optimal views).

Herm is the smaller of the two and the Island Rib Voyage boat trips from Guernsey are a great way to see this amazing island – you might even spot a seal or porpoise along the way if you’re lucky.

Channel Islands Pride, September 3rd

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(Jackson Chambers Photography)

We are celebrating 50th years since Britain held its first Pride parade in 1972, the 70s-themed Guernsey Pride promises to be bigger and prouder than ever. The main event is on September 3 at Candie Gardens and will be packed with unicorn races, stalls, music and entertainment before the Pride march continues through the city towards Market Square led by a huge 50m rainbow flag, floats and samba bands for more live music (tribute act P!nk , local band Element 6 and headliners The Freemasons are all lined up). Guest appearances from Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK’s Tia Kofi and winner Lawrence Chaney, plus Liberate’s LGBTQ+ choir ‘Rainbow Chorus’ performing, will add to the colorful celebration. There will be something for everyone – young and old and with a mission to be as inclusive as ever. And everything on the day is free, so no one wants to miss a thing.

Radio One DJ Dean McCollough and Lawrence Chaney will be running the official Pride after party, so make sure you book your ticket. The official Pride Pool Party is guaranteed to be the perfect excuse to continue the celebrations the next day.

For more information and tickets to Guernsey Pride visit the social media channels at Facebook or Instagram.

Where you will live

Bella Luce Hotel

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(Visit Guernsey – Bella Luce Hotel)

Located in the heart of Guernsey, this charming Norman manor house offers one of the most delightful stays on the island. Surrounded by narrow roads and tranquility, you will quickly forget everyday life and relax in a stress-free life. Each room is uniquely designed and everything is taken care of to ensure you have the most enchanting stay – from breakfast in the morning to a visit to the award-winning on-site gin distillery in the evening, you’ll be able to relax and unwind. What’s more, you can also take a dip in the pool or book yourself into the luxurious Bella Spa & Boutique for a truly wonderful wellness experience. Rooms from £186; bellalucehotel.com

Where to eat and drink

Nineteen Bar & Grill

From the freshest seafood to the juiciest steaks, Nineteen Bar & Grill is situated on one of Guernsey’s finest golf courses and offers a relaxed yet vibrant atmosphere. Open to the public, there’s no need to bother with the 18 holes beforehand – just make a swing for the 19th hole, as they say. The Pirates Crazy Golf course is the perfect aperitif or, if you’re feeling a little more energetic, work your way through a bucket of balls on the driving range afterwards.nineteen.gg

Shares Sark Island Hotel & Restaurant

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(Visit Guernsey)

“Dip & Dine” is a *thing* on the island and there is no better destination than Stocks to relax by the pool and enjoy the most delicious meals. Located in a wooded valley in the heart of Sark, the food is sourced from local fishermen and farmers and the hotel’s own kitchen gardens. Don’t you want to go? Just book into one of their rustic-chic rooms and use their horse and carriage. It really doesn’t get any better than this. stockshotel.com

Moulin Huet Tearooms

As you walk down to Moulin Huet Bay (part of the Renoir Trail route), you’ll stumble across a charming tea room with stunning views (if they were good enough for Renoir…). Enjoy a locally caught crab sandwich and a cream tea while you consider whipping out the watercolor paints. visitguernsey.com

Good rebel

Located in the heart of Admiral Park, just north of St Peters Port, this newly opened vibrant dining destination serving snacks, breakfast, brunch and lunch offers a relaxed atmosphere and funky interior design. Check out the curated cocktail menu to wash down your brunch (well, you’re on vacation). goodrebel.gg

How to get there

Daily flights with Guernsey’s airline Aurigny from London Gatwick will get you there within 40 minutes, or you might want to catch Condor Ferries from Poole or Portsmouth with the added bonus of taking your car, which is perfect for exploring the length and breadth of Guernsey. Be warned though, while they drive on the left (phew!), the roads are quite narrow, so take your time and obey the local rules. Parking is free on the island, but you need a parking meter with you.

For more information, visit visitguernsey.com

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