Guernsey is a British Crown dependency, located off the coast of Normandy in the English Channel and is one of the Channel Islands. As a result, Guernsey has a unique mix of English and French culture and a huge host of activities to keep you entertained.
The Beach and Cliffs
Guernsey has some stunning beaches and cliffs, particularly on the western and northern coasts. Some of the most popular places are Grandes Roques, Pembroke, Vazon and Leree. One of the most scenic beaches on the island is Cobo Bay; there you can sample the infamous Cobo Bay fish and chips, whilst soaking in the last few rays of sunshine after the end of a long day on the beach. Cobo Bay is also a favourite with the locals, which is always re-assuring.
Victor Hugo’s House
Victor Hugo was an acclaimed French novelist, poet and dramatist, who is famous for his tales of romance. You can now take a visit to his house to soak in the atmosphere and get a feel for who Victor Hugo really was. His house has been turned into a small museum, so if you are keen to learn more, what better place to do it?
Shopping St Peter Port
The ‘Old Quarter’ of Guernsey is famous for its antique shops and collectables stores. The quaint and traditional Mill Street is a feast for the eyes with a number of antique shops and some beautiful old buildings and shop fronts, which haven’t changed for a hundred years. If you’re more Topshop than antique shop, then head to the High Street for a range of UK high street brands as well as a handful of local independent stores.
If it’s a bit of history you are looking for then head to the German Occupation Museum. The Channel Islands were the only British territory to be occupied by Germany during World War Two and the German Occupation Museum has seven rooms filled with weapons, rations and lots of other artefacts left behind after the war was won. Another interesting museum is the La Valette Underground Military Museum, a former German military underground complex with tunnels and rooms to explore. This is a unique place to visit and should be interesting whether you’re a history buff or not!
If you are wondering how to get around this small island, why not cycle? Guernsey is mostly flat so getting around on bike is the cheapest and easiest way to get around. Guernsey really does have something for everyone, whether you are into retail therapy, the bracing wind of the beautiful coastline or the rich history; jump on a short flight or ferry to one of the Channel Islands most unique islands.
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