Guernsey is a jurisdiction located within the Bailiwick of Guernsey, a Crown Dependency. The second largest island of the Bailiwick, Guernsey features sandy bays, stunning sea cliffs, and a captivating capital, St. Peter Port. The islands of Guernsey are the last remnants of the Duchy of Normandy. These islands were the only British lands occupied by the Germans during WWII. Guernsey is one-of-a-kind. It is not part of the UK like the rest of the Channel Islands, but nonetheless, it feels quite British. And also, due to its proximity to France, it gives out a distinct French flavor.
Best time to visit Guernsey
Guernsey has a temperate climate. The winters are mild and summers are warm and sunny. A visit to Guernsey any time of the year would be fruitful and enjoyable. Both spring and fall are ideal. The best time to enjoy the beach is from July – August as these are the hottest months of the year.
Flights to Guernsey
Located amid a jungle, Guernsey Airport is an international airport on the island of Guernsey. It is also the largest airport in the Bailiwick of Guernsey. From India, the airlines that operate connecting flights to Guernsey are Air France
, British Airways, Jet Airways
, Air India, etc. However, there are no direct flights from India to Guernsey.
Accommodation in Guernsey
Guernsey has a number of hotels available. The high-end hotels are mainly found around St. Peter Fort, with tariffs starting at INR 9,000 (approx.) per night. At various locations around the island, there are campsites available (cost starts at INR 2,000 approx.). The camps allow people to stay in bell tents and tipis with a spectacular view of the beach. Sark has a variety of mid-range hotels and guesthouses, the prices of which start at INR 6,000 (approx.) per night.
Sightseeing in Guernsey
From discovering the island’s natural beauty and historic sites to exploring art galleries, gardens, forts, and castles, Guernsey offers a gamut of places to visit.
Start with the Fort Grey. Locally known as ‘cup and saucer’, it was built in the 1940s to defend the island’s west coast. Fort Grey houses the Shipwreck Museum. The objects stored here tell the unfortunate stories surrounding the disasters, from the 1777 HMS Sprightly to the 2003 Vermontborg.
Head to the Castle Cornet, the ancient fortress that has stood guard over the town for almost eight centuries. It houses five museums and a refectory café.
If you are traveling with family, a visit to the Saumarez Park is a must. The island’s largest public park, the place is dotted with a variety of exotic magnolia trees. The park also has a parkland, playground, tearoom selling savories, the island’s largest duck pond, and The National Trust of Guernsey's Folk and Costume Museum.
The Lihou Island is worth a peek. A part of the Ramsar site, it is a conservation center home to many migratory birds, gulls, and waders. The views from the island are breathtaking.
If you are a history buff, visit the La Vallette Underground Military Museum. Built in the 1940s by the prisoners of WWII, today, the collection displays tools, clothing, household objects, and posters from the bygone era. The other interesting museums are Guernsey Museum at Candie and German Occupation Museum.
Visi Hauteville House, the home of the exiled French writer, Victor Hugo. Explore the beautiful coasts of the island on a kayak. You can also take an hour and fifteen-minute seal safari that starts from Albert Pier in St Peter Port to Grande Amfrocque.
Eating in Guernsey
The people of Guernsey are passionate about food and it’s not difficult to reckon why – rich in ingredients from both the land and the sea, the flavors of food here have a unique taste. The must-try dishes in Guernsey are Rose Veal, Guernsey ice cream, Bean jar (bean and pork stew), Ormer casserole (a type of seafood), Spider crab, and Guernsey Gâche (cake).
Shopping in Guernsey
St. Peter Port in Guernsey has an impressive VAT-free shopping scene. There are various shops that offer jewelry, perfume, and gift items. The Old Quarter of St. Peter Port is famous for antiques and locally made handicrafts.
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