Surrounded by wonderful beaches, Guernsey has 27 in all from the sheltered south coast coves to the wide expanses of white sand to the north. The splendour continues within Guernsey's countryside where rambling walks, scenic landscapes and fascinating attractions offer visitors plenty to see and do.
Perfect for enjoying the simple things in life, Guernsey's beaches are where treasured summer memories are made. After all, what could be better than building sandcastles, sitting in the sun with the sand between your toes, enjoying picnic lunches or ice creams at the seaside, exploring rock pools and taking a dip in the sea.
East coast beaches include picturesque pebbled Fermain Bay, which lies at the end of a beautiful wooded valley. The Moorings, on the northern side of the entrance to the bay, is a perfect spot for swimming and diving in deep water.
On the south coast is sandy Moulin Huet, a great spot for swimming, while low tide reveals lots of rock pools. There's also Saints Bay, a tiny away-from-it-all cove with just a small beach kiosk, where even in the height of summer, you're likely to be one of only a few people on the beach.
Guernsey's west coast beaches are wider, flatter and more sandy. Favourites include Rocquaine Bay, L'Eree Bay, Perelle Bay, Vazon Bay and Cobo Bay, which is a particular favourite with families drawn to the long stretch of safe, sandy beach with rock pools galore. At the northernmost tip of the island, you'll find the twin sandy beaches of L'Ancresse and Pembroke, split by a line of rocks running into the sea.
With such scenic surroundings Guernsey is a great place to discover on foot. Whether it's a guided stroll through the lush countryside or a self-guided walk along the south coast cliffs, the island is sure to surprise and delight you. There's a piece of history around almost every corner, as the island's heritage is superbly preserved including the bunkers, towers and castles that you'll find dotted around.
Places to visit include Little Chapel, possibly the smallest church in the world modelled on the shrine at Lourdes and decorated in shells and pottery; Forty Grey, a Martello Tower built in 1804 to defend Guernsey's west coast; the German Military Underground Hospital & German Occupation Museum, housed within a building which has altered little since the end of World War II; National Trust of Guernsey Folk & Costume Museum, which depicts life on the island over the last 250 years; Oatlands Village, which brings together many local crafts, gift shops, eateries and attractions for all the family; and Sausmarez Manor, possibly one of the most interesting, beautiful and varied places on the island.
On an island passionate about food, the island is teeming with places to eat. Whether it's fish and chips watching the sunset, alfresco dining at a Parisienne-style café, cosy pub lunch, an indulgent afternoon tea, a beach kiosk snack or fine dining, Guernsey is ready to serve.
Guernsey is just a short flight from mainland UK and accessible from a wide range of regional airports or you can travel by fast sea cat from the south coast in around 2½ hours.
Guernsey makes for a fantastic short break and mid-September through to late October is arguably the best time to go.