Guernsey is spoilt for choice where beaches are concerned. From the sandy, pebbly coves and bays of the east and south coasts, to the lush open west coast and wide expanses of white sand of the north, an enticing beach is never more than four minutes away by car, no matter where you are on the island.
By far the best way to explore is to step out and strike your own route around the island. There are plenty of walking routes to choose from, whether it’s along the meandering cliff paths or along the winding Ruettes Tranquilles, a series of narrow lanes which lead you off-the-beaten-track through the countryside. This network of quiet roads is also perfect for cycling.
Guernsey’s great outdoors also calls adventurous souls who can kayak through crystal clear waters, dip in and out of ancient caves, go paddleboarding or surfing, wild swimming or coasteering.
If culture, history and heritage are more your cup of tea, Guernsey has a castle dating back some 800 years, fascinating musuems, a tiny version of Lourdes, ancient burial mounds, award-winning gardens and a stately manor house to check out.
St Peter Port, the island’s charming capital, is considered one of Europe’s prettiest harbour towns. With its cobbled streets, picturesque marina and vibrant squares brimming with cafes and quaint boutiques, it is easy to see why.
Islanders are passionate about their food and this is reflected in the culinary scene, so be sure to pack your appetite and tuck in. From chic dining in hip restaurants and good value pub grub, an indulgent afternoon tea or fish and chips with your toes in the sand, every dining experience offers fabulously fresh ingredients and a tantalising choice.
It’s also well worth taking the time to explore the sister islands of Alderney, Sark and Herm. Each have a unique charm of their own and just a short hop from Guernsey.