Guernsey is one of the English Channel Islands, and is known for its beaches and the capital St. Peter Port. The island lies just off the coast of Normandy, roughly north of Saint-Malo and to the west of Jersey.
There are 10 parishes on the island of Guernsey, 3 other inhabited islands (Herm, Jethou and Lihou,) plus many islets and rocks. Guernsey and its inhabited islands have many remnants of war time activities especially along the coastal paths.
The main island is just a 20-minute ferry crossing to Herm Island, which is just 1 and a half miles long and less than half a mile wide. With cliff tops, beaches and bays plus beautiful woodland to enjoy, it’s especially beautiful in springtime where you’ll find plentiful bluebells.
The island of Sark is just a 45-minute ferry ride across the water. Sark boasts wonderful scenery, peace and tranquillity. This island is 3 miles long and 1 and a half miles wide. As is the case on Herm island, there are no cars, so cycling and hiking trails are the best and most fun ways to discover all the natural beauty the inland and coastline have to offer.
On mainland Guernsey there are still signs of German occupation. Bunkers, watch towers and trenches can be found all around the coast, looking out just as they did in the 1940s.
If you’re more of an adrenaline junkie, there are more adventurous options on the island, such as guided coasteering, under professional supervision, including scrambling, climbing, cave exploring, swimming around rocks and more.
Accommodation on the island of Guernsey is widely available and many of the buildings here are historic locations. Museums on the island are worth visiting, as well, to learn more about Guernsey’s deep history.