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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Do you like islands? All you need to know if you want to visit an amazing island in Europe.

The beautiful waterfront of St Peter Port will be the first sight of Guernsey, arriving by boat from St Malo, England or Jersey
Guernsey is a beautiful island situated 50 kilometres (31 mi) west of France's Normandy coast and 120 kilometres (75 mi) south of Weymouth, England and lies in the Gulf of St Malo. 

What's to see in Guernsey: #1 visit the House of Victor HugoClick Here to read the post 

With Jersey, Sark and Alderney, Guernsey is one of the Channel Islands, the group of islands famous thanks to the French writer Victor Hugo who lived in Guernsey and Jersey (we dedicated a post to Victor Hugo's really amazing House in Guernsey, that you can still visit today- click here to read the post).

Guernsey it's a wonderful island. 

It's wonderful because in few square meters you can enjoy a variety of different panoramas. 

You can walk on the cliffs in the South. You can walk on large sandy beaches on the West. 

What's to see in Guernsey: #2 Enjoy a walk on the West Coast
You can take the sun at Pembroke Bay in the North, but you can also walk through quite country lanes, the “green lanes” as they are called, where the traffic is reduced to a minimum and you can enjoy the silence. 

You can admire the beautiful cottages, the gardens, the flowers and the panorama on a distance. If you miss your shopping you can have a walk along the High Street of St Peter Port, the main town. 

What's to see in Guernsey: #3 Castle Cornet
The old castle in front of St Peter Port
St Peter Port is very charming: along the High Street you can go shopping, along the harbour you can find good pubs & restaurants, you can visit Castle Cornet and its interesting museum and the lighthouse along the water-breaker.

If you like literature you should visit Victor Hugo's House or read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, the famous bestseller about the life during the Second World War.

Today you can still visit the German bunkers and the other Nazi fortifications along the coast, very well preserved.

What's to see in Guernsey: #4
Visit the amazing Little Chapel built with shells
and china. 
Guernsey has just the right side to be visited walking, or sometimes taking a bus when you are tired. 

The sea is very beautiful there and the light is special. 

People are friendly, nice, quiet and polite. 

The island is very safe, the sea makes the island wonderful. 

There are interesting monuments to see, some of them quite unusual, like the Little Chapel, a work of love and art. There is history. 

From the old Martello Towers to the German fortifications. The memory of the IIWW invasion is strong the island.

What's to see in Guernsey: #5 walk along
the coastal cliff path in the South.
From spring to autumn the sun is shining most 
of the times, and the days are mild in winter. 
And then when you want Sark and Herm are very little away and from St Peter Port the boat runs daily there, weather permitting.

Local products are the pride of Guernsey. Milk, butter, ice cream, potatoes and many many vegetables you can find easily on sell in the honesty boxes just in front of many houses when you walk in the country.

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What's to see in Guernsey: #6 The Festivals
We absolutely recommend the Scarecrows Festival

click here to read the post

Here the list of our published posts about Guernsey:

The French author of Les Miserables lived in exile in Guernsey. 
His house is an amazing display of the artistic taste and personality of Victor Hugo.

In August for a weekend the South of the Island is invaded by dozens of scarecrows along the narrow lanes, the cottages and the beautiful gardens in bloom... A wonderful festival for all the family!

Practical info and useful tips to travel to the island

Our main page about Guernsey

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