As we are in the process of adopting our own child, I’m currently spending a lot of time thinking and reminiscing about a lot of the great things that I did during my childhood. One of which was taking an annual holiday with my grandparents. Every year the destination would be different, from Butlins in Skegness to a beachfront B&B in Blackpool. However, one of my favourite holidays spent with them was exploring the Channel Islands, in particular, the island of Guernsey.
There are lots of package holidays to Guernsey. This makes it an easy destination to visit from the UK, France and of course the other Channel Islands, even if simply for a day trip, although I recommend longer. It is also becoming increasingly popular, especially due to the recent release of the film ‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society’. Although the island is small, it is mighty and offers everything you need for a great getaway for all the family.
Hit The Beaches
There are 27 beaches in Guernsey, which means there is room for everyone that wants to spend time on one. During the summer months, Guernsey enjoys pleasant temperatures, which makes hitting the beach a great option. Some have more facilities i.e. cafes, parking, toilets, than others. Therefore you will need to double check that the beach you choose has everything you need to ensure you have a great time. L’Eree Beach, Petit Bot Bay and Vazon Beach are considered to be three of the best, this also means that they are three of the most popular, therefore are often very busy, especially during the peak summer months.
Take Part in Outdoor Activities
If getting outside and taking part in activities, especially water sports, is your thing, then you will love Guernsey. Kayaking, scuba diving and surfing, amongst others, are all popular pastimes on the island and things that you can try for yourself during your visit. There are many companies with qualified activity instructors, therefore you can take part, even if you are a beginner. If water sports aren’t high on your agenda, there are plenty of other outdoor pursuits you can indulge in, including climbing and abseiling. hiking and cycling. There really is something for everyone. Great, not only for getting some fresh air but also for seeing the island from another viewpoint.
Enjoy Natural Beauty
Guernsey is full of places of natural beauty. From the rugged coastline to the numerous parks and wildlife areas. Guernsey also has an active programme which encourages the community to get involved in floral displays and the islands’ formal parks and gardens. Three of the most popular and most colourful parks on the island are Candie Gardens, Sausmarez Park and Floral St Peter Port which are all free to enter and, of course, admire. There are also a number of animals that visit the island each year. These include puffins, Atlantic Grey seals and dolphins making the place to head if spotting animals in their natural habitat is your thing.
Time Your Visit
There are numerous events and festivals every year in Guernsey. Therefore, you should time your visit to tie in with one. The majority are held over the summer months, including music festivals and flower festivals being held over June, July and August. The summer shows in August, which are three back to back traditional shows when islanders celebrate their horticulture and agriculture. Also, not forgetting the Guernsey Air Display which is held in mid-September. Watch as the skies above St Peter Port fill with traditional aircraft and admire amazing air acrobatics from display teams such as The Red Arrows. However, events and festivals run throughout the year, if a summer visit is not possible.
Visit The Top Tourist Attractions
There are tourist attractions galore in Guernsey and something for everyone regardless of age or interest. From guided tours of the historic Castle Cornet to exploring Hauteville house which was home to the famous French writer Victor Hugo. If you are travelling with kids, there is also lots to do with them too. If the beaches and watersports aren’t enough, there are numerous museums and play parks dotted across the island. Also, If the weather is not great then the Guernsey Aquarium is a great choice.
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