Top events in Guernsey

January
02

Attend the Guernsey Eisteddfod Society Annual Festival which has been going for around 80 years. This festival celebrates the best of arts and...

May
09

Commemorating the day Guernsey was liberated from German Occupation during the Second World War, the island celebrates with a Bank Holiday that is...

October
01

Enjoy delicious cuisine at cheap prices by attending Tennerfest food festival. You can guess from the name how much selected island restaurants...

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Guernsey Travel Guide

Key Facts
Area

63.1 sq km (24.3 sq miles).

Population

63,085 (2012).

Population density

1,001.3 per sq km.

Capital

St Peter Port.

Government

Self-governing dependency of the British Crown.

Head of state

HM Queen Elizabeth II, represented locally by Lieutenant Governor Peter Walker since 2011.

Head of government

Vacant. Chief Minister Peter Harwood resigned in February 2014.

Electricity

230 volts AC, 50Hz. Square three-pin plugs are in use.

Lush botanical gardens, alluring hidden coves, and glorious sunsets over the Atlantic Ocean give the Channel Island of Guernsey a distinctly subtropical feel. Sitting just 45km (28 miles) from the shore of Normandy in France, this little isle also has a Gallic air, with French street names, exquisite culinary flare and the ease with which many people speak both English and French giving the island a romantic quality. Listen carefully and you may even hear the ancient local dialect of Dgèrnésiais (Norman patois) being spoken.

The small island, with an area of only 78 sq km (30 sq miles), may, on the face of it, appear to be an extension of the British Isles, but Guernsey is fiercely independent, as are the rest of the Channel Islands. Keen-eyed observers will spot little differences, like blue post boxes and the use of numerical car licences, which all serve to reinforce the fact that the island has its own identity. That identity is fiercely guarded and most obvious around Liberation Day, when the island celebrates the end of the German occupation during WWII, and all of the towns and houses across the island are decked out in flags and bunting.

Families have been drawn to Guernsey for generations and it certainly is the quintessential holiday destination where kids can roam free while parents relax with a book on the beach. The pace of life is certainly more relaxed than mainland Britain, so visitors can take their time, wander the coastline, enjoy a round of golf and stroll the streets of the island's pretty capital, St Peter Port.

The beaches are some of the highest quality you’ll find in the British Isles, with L’Ancresse Bay to the north proving a particularly popular option. Still, those who want an altogether more invigorating experience can find it here. The southern coast’s rocky coastline is perfect for nature-loving kayakers who can gaze back at the cliffs lined with birds during the summer, or even get up onto the rocks for a spot of canyoning. Head west to Cobo Bay and Vazon Bay to join scores of kitesurfers and windsurfers testing their mettle out to sea. There are plenty of quirky details on Guernsey to keep visitors exploring. The Little Chapel and Castle Cornet are unique gems, whilst a little patch of France comes in the form of Victor Hugo’s house (owned by the city of Paris), which draws visitors from all over the world.

Day trips to neighbouring islands Herm, Sark and Jersey are popular, with daily ferries to each, and Guernsey makes a great base from which to explore the Channel Islands in depth.

Travel Advice

Most visits to Guernsey are trouble-free but you should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate international terrorist attacks, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by foreigners.
This advice is correct at time of publishing. As the situation can change rapidly, visitors are advised to contact the following organisations for the latest travel advice:

US Department of State
Website: http://travel.state.gov/travel

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in your home country.





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