Lying approximately 30 miles west of France’s Normandy coast, the Channel islands formed part of Normandy from 933AD, forging a link that survives locally in Norman Law, surnames and Dgèrnésiais, the local language; it was the Norman invasion of Britain in 1066 that formed the bedrock of Guernsey’s relationship with the British Crown as it is today.
Packed with charm and character, Guernsey’s capital, St Peter Port, is said to be the prettiest harbour town in Europe. St Peter Port’s centrepiece is its beautiful church, established in the 11th century and completed some 400 years later. The High Street has retained much of it’s charm, with individual shops such as boutiques and jewellers nestling alongside well known brands.
Guernsey is a food lover’s paradise; with a plethora of informal cafés and tearooms to high class restaurants, there is something for to suit every taste and pocket. Take one of Guernsey’s unique ‘Tasty Walks’, a series of 15 self-guided walks which make the most of the very best the island has to offer – its stunning scenery and fabulous food! Guernsey is home to excellent beaches; Vazon Bay recently won Britain’s Cleanest Beach award and many of the island’s west coast beaches are flat, sandy and have various facilities.
Guernsey has a story to tell around every corner, down each alley and tucked away in its forts and castles, ruins and ancient tombs. The island also played a pivotal role in WW2 and reminders of its five year German occupation can still be seen around the island today.